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Sea Turtle Nesting Season: May 1 - October 31


Sea turtle nesting season typically takes place from May 1 to October 31 in Surfside. It is important to keep in mind that we share South Florida’s beaches with these amazing, unique creatures.  While sea turtles are resilient, their environment is fragile and can be easily impacted by humans. That is why the Town of Surfside has adopted specific measures in the Town Code for their protection.  For exact restrictions, including a plastic straw ban, the prohibition of tiki torches, bonfires, flashlights, flash photography and fireworks on the beach, as well as various lighting regulations for coastal properties, please refer to: Town Ordinance No. 2018-1688, Lighting Regulations for Marine Turtle Protection

If you see a sea turtle while on the beach,  never touch or disturb it. If it appears to be injured, sick or dead, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) at 1.888.404.FWCC or the Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program at 305.310.3046.  

Please find several resources containing tips and information to ensure sea turtles have a safe and successful nesting season in Surfside.

  • The following flyer, produced in English and Spanish, was distributed as an insert in the Town Gazette (April 2019 issue) to all Surfside residents and contains helpful information on how to protect sea turtles and their habitats: Help Protect Sea Turtles & Habitats

  • The distribution, sale or use of polystyrene food service articles by food service providers and stores is prohibited in Surfside:  Town Ordinance No. 15-1639

  • View the Sea Turtle Protection segment produced for Channel 663: Sea Turtle Protection

The Town of Surfside recorded a successful sea turtle nesting season in 2018 (Surfside Reports Successful 2018 Sea Turtle Nesting Season), and strives to make 2019 just as successful through the support of Surfside residents. You can make all the difference!

The Town of Surfside will be undergoing a Beach Renourishment Project in August 2019. During this process, the safety of sea turtles is of utmost importance and, as permitted by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), members of the Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program are proactively and safely monitoring and relocating sea turtle nests on the public beach in Surfside in advance of the Beach Renourishment Project. For further information, please refer to: Sea Turtle FAQ Document