On Friday, February 28, 2020, the presence of a sea turtle nest was confirmed on the public beach in Surfside. Sea turtle nesting season typically takes place from May 1 to October 31 in our region, though nesting behaviors can occur before or after that timeframe.
It is important to keep in mind that we share South Florida’s beaches with these unique creatures. While sea turtles are resilient, their environment is fragile and can be easily impacted by humans. That is why the Town of Surfside has adopted specific measures in the Town Code for their protection. For restrictions, including a plastic straw ban, the policy prohibiting overnight storage of beach furniture on the beach, and the prohibition of bonfires on the beach, as well as various lighting regulations for coastal properties, please refer to: Town Ordinance No. 2018-1688, Lighting Regulations for Marine Turtle Protection.
Residents are also encouraged to check the new signs posted along the entrances of the public beach with information on sea turtles and how to protect them (photo below).
If you see a sea turtle, never touch or disturb it. If you see a nest, avoid the marked area. If you find a sea turtle that appears to be injured, sick or dead, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) at 1.888.404.FWCC or the Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program at 305.310.3046.
Please find several resources containing tips and information to ensure sea turtles have a safe and successful nesting season in Surfside.
- The distribution, sale or use of polystyrene food service articles by food service providers and stores is prohibited in Surfside: Town Ordinance No. 15-1639
The Town of Surfside strives to make 2020 another successful nesting season for the sea turtles through the support of Surfside residents and visitors. You can make all the difference!