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Leave No Trace ordinance being enforced in Panama City Beach

Published: Jun. 20, 2020 at 10:50 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Leave No Trace ordinance in Panama City Beach prohibits tents and personal property on the beach at night and anything left unattended will be removed by authorities.

Nightly patrols have started to make sure people are not leaving their items unattended.

Panama City Beach mayor Mark Sheldon said items will be thrown away if they are left on the beach.

“Leave No Trace is a very important thing on Panama City Beach, it’s the way that we can make sure our beaches get cleaned every night, it’s the way that we can rake the beaches for the next day, we have that ordinance out there, in place to make sure we have the prettiest beaches in northwest Florida,” said Mayor Sheldon.

Beach visitors said they think it’s important for people to take their belongings off the beach in order to keep our beaches safe for people and wild animals.

“The turtles could die, fish could die all the time and if you’re a runner, I’ve run on these beaches quite a lot I’ve stepped on broken glass, it’s not fun,” Joshua Elmore, visiting from Alabama, said.

Authorities will be patrolling the beach from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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