Beach Ordinance and Resolutions
ANSWERS TO THE MOST COMMON BEACH RELATED QUESTIONS:
There are to be no glass containers on County beaches.
Littering is prohibited.
No Open Fires from May 1st to October 31st, due to Marine Turtle Nesting Season. As stated in Ordinance 2021-001, Section 4, fires, outside of those dates, shall be allowed subject to the following:
- No fires allowed in the dunes
- The use of wood containing nails, rivets, fasteners, straps, or similar items is prohibited
- No fire area shall be vacated or left without completely extinguishing the fire and covering up the fire area
Concession license: Beach Concession Permits will be issued through the Planning Dept. ONLY if vendor has a written agreement from the resort area per Ordinance 2003-42.
Personal Items Left Unattended Will be Removed and Destroyed
Ordinance No. 2016-06 prohibits and regulates personal property left unattended on Atlantic Ocean Beaches within the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island (from Peters Point south to the State Park).
Any items left unattended on the beach between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be declared a public nuisance and will be removed and destroyed. This includes but is not limited to: tents (including tent frames), cabanas, umbrellas, and other shading devices, beach chairs and other furniture, picnic tables, tiki huts, volleyball nets, hammocks, floats, sailboards, surfboards, kites, jet skis, sailboats, water cycles and other watercraft, beach toys, grills, nets, coolers, canoes, kayaks, and general items for beach recreation.
Permits for persons will disabilities may be issued by the County Manager. Applicant must have proof of disability. Find more information on permits for persons with disabilities.
Unlawful for any person to consume or drink beer, wine or alcoholic beverage at any County-owned or controlled recreation area.
Possession of any open container containing an alcoholic beverage is prohibited.
Violations are punishable by a fine not exceeding $500 and/or ten days incarceration.
Camping on the Beach:
- Beach camping is not allowed November 1st, 2020 through October 31st, 2021 as stated in Ordinance 2020-31.
Weddings on the Beach:
Weddings are allowed on the beach, they must follow all ordinance and resolutions.
Dogs must be under a leash at all times. Littering is prohibited.
Driving on the Beach: Beach driving and parking, as amended by Resolution 2021-003, shall be restricted in the area fronting Peters Point Park, Burney Park and American Beach, as depicted in Exhibit "A" and "B". Appropriate markings, signs, cones or other indications will mark the no parking areas. Scotts Road beach driving and parking is permitted at the intersection with the beach, as stated in Ordinance 2021-001.
NASSAU COUNTY BEACH DRIVING PERMITS are no longer valid. Only Nassau County Residents, Nassau County property owners, Active Military members, or persons with disabilities, all with proper identification, are permitted drive on the beach in accordance with Ordinance 2020-31. Individuals falling into one of the four categories shall be required to provide proper identification prior to entering the beach with a vehicle. Acceptable identification includes:
- A valid Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Driver's License
- A valid Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Identification Card
- A Nassau Count Property Owner's Identification Card created by the Nassau County Tax Collector
- A valid United States Department of Defense United States Uniformed Services Privilege and Identification Card
- A valid Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles disability parking placard
Horses on the Beach:
Horses shall be under the control of the rider at all times.
Horses shall be governed under the established traffic and littering laws.
Horses shall not be allowed in public shower or cabana areas.
Absolutely No vehicles or horses allowed on the dunes or vegetation.
Absolutely No vehicles or horses allowed within the designated swimming or sunbathing areas.
Parking for horse trailers shall be within the designated area at Peter's Point Park.
Trailers or other conveyance that carry horses shall have a decal attached to the trailer.
Horses are prohibited on the beach between the hours of 9:00pm and 7:00am.
Horse Permit/Decals can be obtained by contacting:
Nassau County Animal Control 904-530-6150
86078 License Road, Yulee, FL
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Recreational Vehicles, Four Wheelers, and ATVs
Four wheelers and all terrain vehicles prohibited except for official use.
Recreation type vehicles shall park in designated areas.
Recreation type vehicle with tags not issued in Nassau County shall not remain in the park between sundown or sunup.
Swimming and Water Craft
No swimming beyond 300 feet perpendicular to water's edge.
No swimming in area designated for personal water craft.
No person shall utilize any raft, float, "boogie-board", belly board or other flotation device of any description, except for a boat, surfboard, wind surfboard, sail boat or jet ski, more than 300 feet from the water's edge. Surfboards and/or boogie boards shall at all times while in the ocean be attached to the user by surf leash.
Surfboards and/or boogie boards shall at all times while in the ocean be attached to the user by a surf leash.
No person shall operate a sail boat, windsurf boards or sailboards closer than 600 feet from the water's edge.
Jet skies or motorized boats shall remain at idle speed until they are at least 500 feet in a straight line from the shore area.
Personal water craft and boats shall be operated or launched no closer than 1,500 feet in either direction of the lifeguard tower.