Jul 19 2021

Beach Rules

By The Town of Kiawah Island for The Island Connection

Although the Fourth of July holiday has passed, please be mindful of the following ordinances in place for your safety and preservation of our environment. Ordinances apply to property owners and visitors, and anyone found in violation could be ticketed. 

Beach Rules 

• Stay off the dunes and use boardwalks. 

• No glass, metal shovels, plastic carryout bags, plastic straws, Styrofoam, balloons, or drones allowed. 

• No overnight storage of beach equipment. 

• Fill in your holes before you leave the beach. 

• May through October – all outdoor beachfront lighting must be turned off from 9 p.m. to dawn to protect nesting sea turtles. 

• No artificial light of any kind on the beach at night, including flashlights (handheld or cellular). 

• Never approach sea turtles, hatchlings, or nests. • Seasonal leash ordinances are in effect (detailed below). 

Leash Ordinance (penalties up to $465) 

From March 16 through Oct. 31, dogs must be on a leash at all times, even in the water, from the western boundary of the Critical Habitat Area (near Beachwalker County Park) to the eastern boundary of the Beach Club. View map. Electronic leashes are prohibited, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Violations in progress should be reported immediately so corrective action can be taken. Ordinances are enforced by Beach Patrol (call or text 843-518-2880) and Code Enforcement officers (24-hour hotline 843-259-2137). 

See the Good Neighbor brochure on the town’s website at kiawahisland.org for additional information.

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