Do you know…? Beach Etiquette

Do you know… the Town of Seabrook Island is responsible for the beach below the high tide line and SIPOA takes care of the beach above? SIPOA works with the Town of Seabrook Island to ensure that we keep our beach pristine and safe. The SIPOA rules were developed in conjunction with those of the Town:

  • Stay off the sand dunes. No people or dogs may walk on sand dunes. Also, vegetation, such as sea oats, may not be removed from the sand dunes. The dunes are protected because that is where the loggerhead turtles lay their eggs and where endangered/threatened bird species make their nests.
  • No littering. All trash, paper, bottles, cans, dog excrement, and other litter must be removed from the beach. If you see trash on the beach, please take a few minutes to pick it up. Trash is dangerous for wildlife and can pollute our waters. Balloons on strings are especially dangerous for the turtles. There are trash receptacles at the end of each boardwalk and several places on the beach. Glass containers are prohibited on the beach.
  • Don’t leave things on the beach. Unless the Town has granted special permission in writing, all personal property (tents, tent frames, chairs, umbrellas, clothing, coolers, toys or other beach equipment) left unattended on the beach after sunset is considered abandoned and will be removed at the owner’s risk and expense.
  • Restore the beach after digging or constructing. For the safety of all beach users and wildlife (such as turtles), fill in any holes you or your pet dig.  In addition, level any sandcastles or sand art as people may trip on it, especially as the tide starts to cover it.
  • No fires. No grills, cookers, or any heating devices using fire are allowed on the beach. Building or maintaining a fire or open flame is permitted only above the high water mark and when advance permission has been granted in writing by the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association. (Permits may be obtained by submitting an application via the SIPOA website.)
  • No chumming.  No chopped or ground fish bait is permitted on or within 600 feet of the beach.  This does not affect or prohibit the baiting of crab traps or the placement of nature bait upon a hook and line. Code enforcement officers have the authority to require persons engaged in fishing from the beach to cease fishing if, in their judgment, circumstances indicate that cessation of fishing is in the interest of public safety.
  • No motorized watercraft or vehicles. Launching or landing of motorized watercraft on our beaches is prohibited. Negligent operation of any vessel or watercraft on or near our beaches is also prohibited. Motorized vehicles may not be operated on the beach except as authorized by the Town.
  • Crossing over or onto private property. To get to the beach by way of private property is not permitted. Access to the beach is by way of SIPOA boardwalks or areas designated for that purpose. SIPOA boardwalks can be identified by their numbers 1 through 9.  Click here to see the location of the boardwalks.
  • Beach towels, bathing suits, and other clothing.  These should not be hung on or draped over exterior railings of homes or villas.

These are taken from SIPOA Rules and Regulations, Sections III. E. 3.; V. A. 2 – 5; and VI. B.  To see the Town of Seabrook Island Beach Management Ordinance, click here.

If you have an emergency on the beach, call 911, not the Gatehouse. Non-emergency situations can be reported directly to Beach Patrol (843-718-6083) or to Town Offices at 843-768-9121.

Property owners should share this information with visitors and rental guests. Our Do You Know…? posts may be accessed at any time on the Tidelines website.

Tidelines Editors

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