13 Feb Safety Comes First This Spring Break on Pensacola Beach
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by Katie King | Katie@ewbullock.com
Safety Comes First This Spring Break on Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach, Fla. (Feb 13, 2023) – Pensacola Beach has long been a favorite, family-friendly Spring Break destination that locals cherish and newcomers embrace for its soft-white sand, emerald-hued waters, and a carefree, easy-going atmosphere. The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) wants to ensure that it remains that way during this year’s Spring Break holiday season.“We welcome all visitors and encourage tourism because it’s a huge component of our local Pensacola Beach economy,” said Leigh Davis, Executive Director of the SRIA. “This time of year, in particular, tends to bring a younger crowd. The SRIA strives to ensure that residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy the beach in harmony, and all that goes with it.”
This spring, the SRIA, with assistance from our other jurisdictional partners, the Escambia Sheriff’s Office (ESO), and the Escambia County Public Safety, are partnering to emphasize the following rules for Pensacola Beach to help keep everyone safe and ensure the beach remains pristine.
1. KNOW THE FLAG COLORS
Know how to swim if you are going into the Gulf, and always swim near a lifeguard. Lifeguards will be stationed on Pensacola Beach daily starting March 1 at Casino Beach, with patrols driving the island, as necessary. Lifeguard stations at Park East, Park West and Quietwater Beach will be manned depending on staffing availabilities.Colored flags fly at all lifeguard stations and other beach entrances. This warning system is designed to alert the public about surf conditions. Here is what the colors mean:
- Green flag – Low hazard. Conditions are calm. Swim with caution.
- Yellow flag – Medium hazard. Moderate surf and currents. Swim with extra caution.
- Red flag – High hazard. High surf and dangerous currents. No swimming or wading is allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Double red flag – WATER IS CLOSED. This is used during hurricanes or natural disasters. No swimming, wading or surfing is allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Purple flag – Dangerous marine life is present. Exercise caution when in the water or on the shoreline.Current flag colors and surf conditions are also accessible online at pensacolabeachlifeguards.com. In case of emergency, notify a lifeguard or call 911.
2. KNOW THE RULES
Adult beverages are allowed on the beach. Glass containers, underage drinking and public drunkenness are not. Illegal drugs and driving under the influence will not be tolerated. Laws and ordinances will be strictly enforced, for everyone’s safety.In addition, motorized vehicles, generators, grills, fires and any open flames are prohibited on the beach, as well.If you see something illegal or need to report inappropriate activities, please call the ESO Pensacola Beach station immediately at this number: 850-436-9620.
3. RESPECT YOUR NEIGHBORS
Wherever you’re staying on the island, please be respectful of your neighbors and keep your noise level in check.
4. LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTPRINTS BEHIND
Rule of thumb: If you brought it to the beach, carry it back with you. Tents, umbrellas, chairs and beach gear are not allowed to be left overnight on the beach. Trash cans are provided near all beach entrances, and you are asked to fill in any holes you may dig in the sand.Dogs are welcome at designated dog beaches only. You’ll find two dog beaches on Pensacola Beach for dogs on leashes and their owners. As always, please be courteous and remove pet waste.Here is a list of other important numbers to have handy: visitpensacolabeach.com/numbers-to-know/“Remember our motto, ‘Leave Only Your Footprints Behind,’” said Davis. “If you follow that advice, it will help to preserve the natural beauty of our beaches and help ensure all visitors have an enjoyable experience.”
Pensacola Beach is owned by Escambia County, Fla., and is under the direction of the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA). The SRIA was created by the Florida legislature in 1947 under Chapter 24500. The SRIA does not receive tax support from the taxpayers of the county. It is fully funded from lease fees collected from business and residences on the beach. The SRIA board is made up of six members; five are named by members of the Escambia County Board of Commissioners whose term is the same as the commissioner who appointed them. Registered voters on Pensacola Beach elect the sixth member. The elected member’s term is two years.