Mexico Beach votes for the Leave No Trace ordinance

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tuesday Mexico Beach residents hit the polls to decide if they wanted a new Leave No Trace ordinance in their city.

They approved the law, which is similar to the ones in place in other parts of Bay County and Panama City Beach.

Mexico Beach's Leave No Trace law says no obstructions and personal property can be left unattended on public beaches between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Those items include items used for swimming, sunbathing, or beach recreation like beach chairs, umbrellas, tents or tent frames, hammocks, picnic tables, beach toys and coolers.

Also a part of the law are instructions about digging holes. Holes are required to be filled before guests leave the beach.

About 35 percent of eligible voters turned out or mailed in ballots.

For more details on the ordinance, click the link at the top of this article.