Beach cleaning involves the removal of material left by the tides or beach goers on Florida’s sandy shorelines. Stranded seaweed provides an important food source for beach and near-shore food chains, and should be left in place when possible.

Human debris can pose a hazard to humans and animals, and should be removed.

The use of mechanized beach cleaning equipment is limited during certain times of the year when threatened and endangered sea turtles are nesting.

Those beach cleaners willing to commit to special protections for sea turtles can continue to operate and share the beach with Florida’s sea turtles.