It’s no secret that there are a wide variety of reasons our home along the Emerald Coast is unique. One of the most appealing features of our area is definitely the BEACH! Our gorgeous quartz snow white sand is something that most of us treasure, and want to help conserve. We love our tourists, but all of the activity on the beaches can take a toll on keeping things pristine.
One reason beaches need to stay clean, is to provide a safe breeding environment for our sea turtles. Even with the help of the crews that clean the beaches every night here in Walton County, there is still a lot we can do to help keep the beaches clean and safe for sea turtles during nesting season. According to See Florida Online, during the summer months, there are approximately 50,000 sea turtles in Florida, making Florida the most important nesting area in the United States.
The Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is a volunteer organization formed in 2015 that is dedicated to promoting the importance of nurturing and protecting sea turtles and sea life along the beaches and habitats of Walton County, extending into Bay and Okaloosa Counties in the panhandle of Florida. On Saturday, August 20, the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles will be at the Inlet Beach Regional Beach Access (W Park Place and Emerald Cove Lane) from 7:30-9:00 am hosting a Trash Bash Beach Clean Up. Be sure to bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen and be prepared to be walking the beach, picking up trash, filling in leftover holes and knocking down leftover sandcastles. Beach clean ups are also a great learning experience for the kiddos; they able to help the environment while learning about sea turtles in the process, and why it is important to leave no trace on the beaches.
Cant make the Trash Bash Beach Clean Up?
You can still help!!
If you are visiting, or live near the beach, you can help by keeping outside lights off during turtle nesting season from May through October. Make sure to remove chairs, umbrellas and other gear from the beach each night. Level all sand castles and fill any holes dug during play, and pick up all trash. Sea turtles mistakenly eat debris, especially plastic, which usually results in death.