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07/19/2017 - BEACH EDIQUETTE

BEACH ETIQUETTE - HILTON HEAD ISLAND 1) DIGGING HOLE IN SAND - It’s fun for Children and even adults to dig a hole in the sand and build sand castles. Please Fill in holes, smooth out sand castles. This can seriously injure beach bikers or people walking. Also holes & sandcastles can trap and disorient baby sea turtles as they make their way out to sea. Fill in holes, smooth out sand castles before you leave. 2) SHAKING YOUR BEACH TOWEL - We all know how this one feels! No one wants to get hit with lots of blowing sand. Drag your towel or blanket back where no one is around before you shake it out. 3) BEACH BAGS & BELONGINGS - Don’t leave your stuff behind for long periods of time – Keep in mind that the tides change quickly, so after that half-hour walk down the beach, you might return to find your stuff underwater and headed out to sea. A safe place to keep your belongings if you are not there is the soft sand back by the dunes area. Be aware of the tides and move your items far back so others aren’t grabbing your stuff out of the water for you. MUSIC-While you might love YOUR music, everyone around you might not. Be considerate and bring a pair of ear phones so everyone can enjoy their own music in peace. DOG BEACH SCHEDULE: Memorial Day (Fri prior) - Labor Day (Tues after). Not allowed on the beach from 10am -5pm April 1st - Memorial Day (Thurs prior) Must be on a leash Between 10am and 5pm Labor Day - Sept 30 - Must be on leash or under positive voice control from 10am - 5pm Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement. SEA LIFE - If you find any live creatures, such as starfish, hermit crabs, inhabited shells or sand dollars; please leave them alone so they have a chance to survive and thrive. SAND DUNES – Sand dunes are a key protective barrier to the homes around our beaches and are also home to a variety of flora and fauna, so please don’t walk through them or remove any vegetation. FUN THINGS TO DO ON HHI BEACH — Enjoy boogie boarding, surfing, swimming, building a sandcastle and more – all part of the fun Hilton Head Island has to offer on its beautiful beaches. TRASH – clean up trash before you leave. This can disorient baby sea turtles as they make their way out to sea.

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