Beach Information

Beach

  • No vehicles allowed on the beach.
    That includes vehicles on wheels, runners or cushion of air.
    Exceptions: work vehicles operated between sunrise and sunset (approved by Chief of Police), beach cleaning equipment, wildlife monitoring vehicles, ambulance, life rescue, law enforcement, Beach Patrol and handicapped vehicle
  • No livestock on the beach.
    Livestock means horse, cow, hog or other grazing animal.
    Can't bring or ride livestock on the beach.
  • No dogs, cats or animals on the beach.
    Can't have any of the above in your charge, care, custody or control.
  • No motor driven floating devices within 300 feet of beach.
    Such devices are a jet ski, wave runner, personal watercraft or other vessel propelled by machinery.
    Depart the sandy beach perpendicular to shoreline at idle speed
  • Leave No Trace Ordinance
    By a vote of the citizens of Mexico Beach we are now a Leave No Trace Community. That means unattended items left on the beach between the hours of 7 PM and 7 AM may be discarded. Check out the ordinance if you have questions.
  • No glass on the beach
  • No fires on the beach
  • No overnight camping

Pier

  • No dogs, cats or animals on the beach.
    Can't have any of the above in your charge, care, custody or control.
  • Can't dive from pier.
  • Can't launch boats from pier.
  • Can't throw articles from the pier except fishing tackle.
  • Can't swim, ride surf boards, operate boats or occupy water within 50 feet of pier.
  • Can't use motorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades.
  • No open flames, glass bottles, sleeping or camping on the pier.
  • Do not cast your line where sea turtles are surfacing to breathe. If one is entangled, call City Hall.


Canal

  • Idle speed for watercraft in channel and canal system.
  • No swimming in the canal.
  • Don't discard fish carcasses, unused bait, garbage or any other materials which could cause environmental damage.

Bird Sanctuary

Mexico Beach has been designated as a bird sanctuary.
  • Killing and molesting birds prohibited.
    Unlawful to hunt, kill, maim or trap, hunt with slingshot, gun or attempt to in any manner shoot or otherwise molest birds or any wild fowl, to rob or otherwise molest the nests or birds nesting while located within the City.
  • Birds constituting nuisance
    If starlings or other similar birds are found roosting, nesting, or inhabiting any locality within the City in such numbers as to constitute a nuisance or health menace to persons or property, it shall be the duty of the City council to notify representatives of the Audubon Society, Garden Club, Birdwatchers Club or Humane Society. If condition not eliminated by representatives of the above named organizations within reasonable time, then the City shall take whatever action it deems necessary to eliminate such condition or health menace.
  • Doves and pigeons
    It shall be unlawful of any person to keep or harbor on any premises in the city any doves or pigeons, other than homing or carrier pigeons, unless the same shall be confined in cages or coops or in such other manner as will prevent them from flying or straying beyond the premises on which they are kept.
    Law enforcement officers and other persons authorized by the City shall be authorize to capture or to kill any doves or pigeons that may be found beyond the premises where are kept.

Protect the Turtles!

STANDARDS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

In order to provide the highest level of protection for nesting marine turtles and their hatchlings, the following standards for artificial light sources on all new coastal construction seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) are adopted:

(1) Exterior artificial light fixtures shall be designed and positioned so that:
(a) The point source of light or any reflective surface of the light fixture is not directly visible from the beach;
(b) Areas seaward of the frontal dune are not directly or indirectly illuminated: and
(c) Areas seaward of the frontal dune are not cumulatively illuminated.



(2) Exterior artificial light fixtures within direct line-of-sight of the beach will be permitted only if designed and installed as follows:
(a) Completely shielded downlight only fixtures or recessed fixtures having low wattage (i.e., 25 watts or less) "bug" type bulbs and non-reflective surfaces are used. Other fixtures that have appropriate shields, louvers or cutoff features may also be used if they are in compliance with subsection (1) (a), (b) and (c) above; and
(b) All fixtures are mounted as low in elevation as possible through use of low-mounted wall fixtures, low bollards, and ground-level fixtures.

(3) Floodlights, uplights or spotlights that are directly visible from the beach, or which indirectly or cumulatively illuminate the beach, are prohibited.

(4) No lighting shall be allowed on dune walkovers.

(5) Only low intensity lighting shall be used in parking areas within line-of­ sight of the beach. Such lighting shall be:
(a) Set on a base which raises the source of light no higher than 48 inches off the ground; and
(b) Positioned or shielded so that the light is cast downward and the source of light or any reflective surface of the light fixture is not visible from the beach and does not directly or indirectly illuminate the beach.

(6) Tinted glass shall be installed on all windows and glass doors of single or multi-story structures within line-of-sight of the beach.

(7) Use of appropriately shielded low-pressure sodium-vapor lamps and fixtures shall be required for high-intensity lighting applications such as lighting parking areas and roadways, providing security, and similar applications.

(8) Temporary lighting of construction sites during the marine turtle nesting season shall be restricted to the minimal amount necessary and shall incorporate all of the standards of this section.

(9) Before granting any building permit, the Mexico Beach Planning and Building Department shall determine that all proposed development complies in all respects with the standards imposed in this section.

(10) Permits will not be required to install utility leased lighting, but all such lighting shall comply in all respects with the standards imposed in this ordinance.

(11) For any coastal construction completed after the effective date of this ordinance, the lighting shall not be changed without first obtaining a permit from the County. Such permits shall only be issued when the proposed lighting plan complies with this ordinance .


STANDARDS FOR EXISTING LIGHTING

In order to provide the highest level of protection for nesting marine turtles and their hatchlings, the county hereby adopts all of the following standards for existing artificial lighting sources, including utility leased lighting, seaward of the CCCL:

(1) Existing artificial light fixtures shall be repositioned or modified so that:
(a) The point source of light or any reflective surface of the light fixture is not directly visible from the beach;
(b) Areas seaward of the frontal dune are not directly or indirectly illuminated; and
(c) Areas seaward of the frontal dune are not cumulatively illuminated.

(2) The following measures may be taken to comply with this section:
(a) Reposition fixtures so that the point source of light or any reflective surface of the light fixture is no longer visible from the beach;
(b) Replace fixtures having an exposed light source with fixtures containing recessed light sources or shields;
(c) Replace traditional light bulbs with yellow "bug" type bulbs not exceeding 25 watts;
(d) Replace non-directional fixtures with directional fixtures that point down and away from the beach;
(e) Replace fixtures having transparent or translucent coverings with fixtures having opaque shields covering an arc of at least 180 degrees and extending an appropriate distance below the bottom edge of the fixture on the seaward side so that the light source or any reflective surface of the light fixture is not visible from the beach;
(f) Replace pole lamps with low-profile, low-level luminaries so that the light source or any reflective surface of the light fixture is not
visible from the beach;
(g) Replace incandescent, fluorescent, and high intensity lighting with the lowest wattage low-pressure sodium-vapor lighting possible for the specific application;
(h) Permanently remove or permanently disable any fixture which cannot be brought into compliance with the provisions of these standards;
(I) Disconnect utility leased lighting during the marine turtle nesting season.

(3) The following measures shall be taken as applicable to reduce or eliminate the negative effects of interior light emanating from doors and windows within line-of-sight of the beach:
(a) Apply window tint or film that meets the standards for tinted glass
(b) Rearrange lamps and other moveable fixtures away from windows;
(c) Use window treatments (e.g. blinds, curtains) to shield interior lights from the beach; and
(d) Turn off unnecessary lights