Since July 2015, the County Manager, County Attorney, and the Tourist Development Council have been gathering information on how to address items being left on the beach. They have held a series of public meetings with concerned citizens, homeowner representatives, and resort representatives to discuss applicable state laws, state regulations, and budget issues related to enforcing the Ordinance. The attached draft Ordinance was subsequently prepared and includes information regarding the purpose of the Ordinance, definitions of personal property, and clarification on the types of items that are considered to be a public nuisance and threat to the safety of citizens and wildlife.
The Ordinance proposes that any property left on unincorporated area of the County beaches from one hour after sundown to 6:00 a.m., shall be considered a nuisance and will be disposed of. Please note that persons with disabilities will be able to apply for a permit at no-charge which will allow the individual to store items in an area that does not obstruct access to the public beach, or have impact on vegetation, turtle nest of protected species.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend the hearing on Wednesday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m. to ask questions or express any concerns you have related to this issue. Meetings are held in the Commissioner Chambers located at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097 (James S. Page Governmental Complex). A second public hearing has also been scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
County Manager's Office