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what can i do to help protect the island and its wildlife?
Franklin County now has a “Leave No Trace” ordinance that forbids leaving anything on the beach overnight, including chairs, tent or canopy frames, and umbrellas. Island animals can ingest, become entangled in, or otherwise come to harm due to the objects left on the beach overnight, including the endangered species who rely on the Island’s beaches for habitat and nesting sites. Collect your gatherings and trash at the end of each day, and remove them from the beach.
are fireworks allowed?
Fireworks are prohibited in the Plantation, Sunset Beach, and 300 Ocean Mile. In other areas, fireworks are allowed in compliance with Florida law. All debris should be cleaned up immediately. During sea turtle nesting season (May 1 – October 31) fireworks should not be used, to ensure the safety of nesting turtles and the hatchlings attempting to make their way to the water.
may i have a fire on the beach?
Open fires are prohibited in the Plantation and 300 Ocean Mile. In Sunset Beach and the Villas of St. George, campfires are allowed on the beach, below the average high water line – away from all structures. In the Gulf Beaches, a small warming fire is allowed away from vegetation. In all cases, leftover campfire debris should be removed promptly, as soon as it is safe to do so. Please be aware that during sea turtle nesting season (May 1 – October 31) we STRONGLY urge you to avoid building fires on the beach for the safety of the endangered turtles and the hatchlings attempting to make their way to the water.
are dogs allowed on the beach?
St. George Island is exceptionally pet friendly, with dogs allowed on both beach and bayside on most of the Island. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, per the July 2017 Franklin County Animal Control Ordinance. Many of our businesses welcome dogs and their companions, and you will find water bowls and maybe even the offer of a T-R-E-A-T or two as you and your furry friends explore the area. Dogs are restricted in some areas of the State Park on the eastern end of the Island. Dogs must also be leashed at all times in St. George Plantation, the private community at the western end of the Island.
is there a public boat Launch or marina on the island?
There are no marinas on the Island; Eastpoint and Apalachicola are home to several.
The St. George Island boat ramp is located on the northeast side of the St. George Island fishing bridge. This newly-constructed ramp has become very popular and can accommodate various size boats.
It offers parking for 13 cars and 14 boat/trailer combos. There are two natural (not paved or maintained) ramps for boat access into the Apalachicola Bay located in the State Park. One ramp is at the Youth Camp area and the other is 2.5 miles from the entrance. Both ramps can accommodate boats not much larger than 24’ in length with a shallow draft, depending on the current tide. A small fee is required.
Apalachicola offers several public boat ramps that can accommodate any trailer-able boat. Battery Park is located at the foot of the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge on Bay Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets in downtown Apalachicola. The park provides several public boat ramps, a playground, and a fishing pier. Another ramp is located on Market Street at Mill Pond on Scipio Creek. The Lombardi boat ramp is located near the westerly entrance into Apalachicola on US Highway 98.
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