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“Leave No Trace” Ordinance

“Leave No Trace” Ordinance

Panama City Beach is known for having the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches,” and we would like to keep it that way for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike! For this reason, the “Leave No Trace” ordinance was issued for Panama City Beach in 2012.

Please help do your part to protect and maintain the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches!”

The Leave No Trace ordinance states that all personal items will be removed and disposed of if left on the beach between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. CST. These items include, but are not limited to, tents, chairs, toys, umbrellas and coolers.

On public beaches or with the upland landowner’s permission, beachgoers may store personal belongings overnight at the toe of the dune. The toe of the dune is the area of the beach immediately seaward of the dune and beach vegetation. To be specific, it is the area of the beach that is furthest from the water that is not in a sand dune or beach access point.

Those who store their personal items overnight do so at their own risk. The County, the City, the Tourist Development Council and the beach maintenance contractor do not assume any liability for any items left on the beach after 7:00 p.m.

The Leave No Trace ordinance is currently in effect and is active year-round.

Bay County Ordinance No. 12-14 and 12-37
City of Panama City Beach Ordinance No. 1242