Going to the Beach Safety

The city of Jacksonville Beach has more than 4.1 miles of sandy beaches. These beaches offer recreational opportunities year round. It is important to be aware of beach safety and ocean safety, whether you are a long-time resident or are just visiting the area for a few days.

 

The City of Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue Division and the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps provide ocean safety to residents and visors along the beach year round. Beach staffing is weather dependent. In case of severe weather, lifeguards will continue monitoring the beach via truck patrols. Beach wheelchairs for the disabled are available upon request at our lifeguard station.

 

It is highly encouraged to check with a lifeguard before entering the water to find out current conditions. Specific Rules & Regulations for Beachgoers are implemented and expect to be followed.

 

Beach Access

  1. Please use dune crossovers to the beach
  2. Keep off the sand dunes
  3. Do not pick the sea oats; they are protected by Florida State Law

Activities & Equipment

  1. No alcoholic beverages or glass bottles are allowed on the beach.
  2. Picnicking is allowed on the beach. All food must be removed before leaving
  3. Charcoal & gas grills are allowed on the beach. All charcoal must be removed before leaving.
  4. Surfers must have their surfboards tethered to one leg while in the water.
  5. Jet skis must stay 300 feet off the beach; use idle speed until you reach that distance.
  6. Jet skis and catamarans can only be launched from the public ramps located at Beach Boulevard and 8th Avenue North.

Pets

  1. Pets are only permitted on the beach before 9:00am or after 5:00pm.
  2. Pets must be on a leash and must have current rabies tag.
  3. Pet owners must immediately remove droppings from the beach.
  4. Pet owners may not bury droppings in the sand or allow the tide to wash it away.

Following these rules will make your next stay at the beach a safe stay! Beach safety is highly important for not only you, but for all visitors of the beach. For more information or questions on City of Jacksonville Beach, click here.

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