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  • Open fires are not permitted on the beach.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in public areas.
  • Do not park or drive on the beaches - help preserve the sand dunes.
  • You must be at least 14 years old to operate a jet ski. Always wear a flotation device and drive safely!

Flag System

Most beaches mark the swimming condition with color-coded flags. Visit for more details.

Boating US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard has an entire Web site devoted to safe boating. It's at Get information on:

  • Publications and Regulations
  • Safety
  • Equipment

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement also has a lot of information on boating safety including:

  • Online Boating Course. Thanks to a unique partnership between The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety, you can now take a FREE boating class online.
  • Meet Bobber - He can convince your kids to wear their life jackets and save you a healthy fine!Kid Smart - On October 1, 1992, a new Florida law went into effect requiring all children under the age of six to wear a life jacket when aboard boats less than 26 feet in length, while under way. Under way means at all times except when the vessel is anchored, moored or aground. (Subsection (1 ) of Section 327.50, Florida Statutes.) Boat owners and operators who forget will be reminded with warnings, tickets and fines of up to $50 per violation. Read more about Kids and Boating Safety.
  • More safety information:

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