The municipalities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Ala., and the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism Office have joined forces to encourage guests to take home great beach memories but leave only footprints behind.

A new initiative called the “Leave Only Footprints” campaign seeks to strengthen the environmental and public safety focus on area beaches so guests can enjoy an even more pleasant experience on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

In response to concerns related to the issue of beach litter and debris, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have adopted new policies to build on programs to reduce litter, promote recycling and increase environmental awareness.

The policies require that all personal items be removed from the beach daily and state that any personal property left on the beach one hour after sunset will be removed and disposed of overnight.

Personal items include but are not limited to beach chairs, umbrellas, tents, ice chests and beach toys.

“The new Leave Only Footprints initiative being undertaken by the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is an extremely positive effort for the safety, sustainability and marketability of our beaches,” tourism officials stated. “Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism is happy to be working alongside the cities to get the word out about new regulations and the reasons behind them.”

Gulf State Park enforces similar regulations on its beaches.

More effort will also be invested in a beach patrol or beach ambassador program in each city.

Beach ambassadors will interact with beach-goers to communicate the new regulations as well as those regarding glass containers, alcohol, pets and digging on the beach.

Ambassadors will also communicate the value of responsible practices to the overall health and safety of natural resources and the public.

For more information on the Leave Only Footprints initiative, a downloadable PDF is available HERE.

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