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South Walton Turtle Watch reminds people to keep beaches “clean, dark and flat”

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 10:34 PM CDT
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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - With so many coming to the beaches after they’ve reopened, the South Walton Turtle Watch group has a reminder for beach visitors.

They say you should always follow the “clean, dark, and flat” rule. Meaning don’t leave anything on the beach, like chairs and umbrellas, don’t shine any bright light on the beach at night, and fill in any holes you dig or knock down any sandcastles you build at the end of the day.

South Walton Turtle Watch volunteers said all of these things will keep sea turtles-- and people-- safe.

{Marsha King, Volunteer, South Walton Turtle Watch} “If you do come upon a nesting sea turtle or a hatchling, please stay way, way back, don’t take pictures or flash photography, none of that,” said Marsha King, a volunteer with South Walton Turtle Watch.

South Walton Turtle Watch said to call them, or the sheriff’s office if you see a sea turtle that needs help.

The hotline number is (850) 865-4503

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