RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR USE OF THE MUNICIPAL BEACHES
All persons entering upon the public beaches, or structures erected thereon, shall comply with the following rules and regulations, and failure to do so shall constitute a violation of this ordinance.
1. Swim within 50 yards of shoreline. It shall be unlawful for any person to swim outside of the area extending 50 yards from the water’s edge.
2. Place litter in trash containers. It shall be unlawful to throw, place, deposit, sweep or scatter, or cause to be thrown, placed, deposited, swept, or scattered, any paper, food, cigarette butts, bottles, cans, trash, fruit peelings or other refuse upon the beaches or structures erected thereon. Beach goers must contain their trash at all times.
3. No glass or breakable containers. It shall be unlawful for any person to take or carry upon the beaches or structures erected thereon any glass or breakable containers.
4. No pets It shall be unlawful for any person who shall own, or be in control of, or be in charge of, any dog or other pet, to allow or take that dog or other pet upon the beaches or structures erected thereon. This does not include properly certified guide dogs, or similar animals assisting the blind, deaf, or other physically handicapped persons.
5. No motorized vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any person to take any motorized vehicle on to the beaches or structures erected thereon. This ins\includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain-vehicles and similar motor driven vehicles and craft. This does not include properly marked emergency vehicles while in the course of an emergency operation, or maintenance/utility vehicles in the employ of the City of Tybee Island or similar governmental entity and engaged in a legitimate operation.
6. No motorized watercraft. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motorized watercraft, such as a jetski, motor boat, and similar craft, within 1,000 feet of the waterline on any part of the beach between the north and south rock jetties.
7. No fires. It shall be unlawful for any person to build or maintain any type of open fire on the beach, including any type of charcoal fire, whether or not in a grill or similar container.
8. No disturbing of dune vegetation or walking in the dunes. It shall be unlawful for any person to pick, gather, remove, walk in the dunes, or otherwise disturb the vegetation present on sand dunes, including sea oats.
9. Surfboarding and fishing only in designated areas. No person shall operate a surfboard or fish except in areas designated for such purposes.
10. Obey the commands of lifeguards. It shall be unlawful for any person to deliberately disobey any reasonable command of a duly appointed and identified lifeguard while in the legitimate performance of his or her duty, such commands being intended to ensure the safety of persons using the beach and any structures erected thereon.
11. No disorderly conduct or endangerment of self or others. It shall be unlawful for any person to come upon the beaches or structures erected thereon, and individually or in concert with others, do any act or create any condition which does or is calculated to encourage, aid, abet, or start a riot, public disorder or disturbance of the peace; and it shall not be necessary to prove that that person was solely responsible for that riot, public disorder or disturbance of the peace, but only that his or her appearance, manner, conduct, attire, condition, status or general demeanor was a motivating factor that resulted in the riot, public disorder or disturbance of the peace. Any person who refuses when commanded by a police officer or other enforcement official of the city to leave the beach or structures erected thereon immediately, shall be guilty of an offense for refusal to obey the order or command of a police officer or other enforcement official of the city, and deemed to be a rioter or disturber of the peace. It shall also be unlawful for any person to come upon the beaches or structures erected thereon and act in any way which is likely to cause endangerment to himself, herself, or others.
12. No nudity on beaches.
13. No beer kegs shall be allowed on the municipal beaches. The presence of beer kegs on the beach is often associated with underage drinking, littering, public intoxication and disorderly conduct and because such activities are in direct conflict with family recreation, such containers and similar devices for dispensing of large quantities of alcoholic beverages are expressly prohibited.
- Exceptions to any of the above rules and regulations may be allowed by way of a special permit grant by the Mayor and Council of the City of Tybee Island.
- Enforcement of these rules and regulations shall be by employees of the Tybee Island Police Department or the City Marshal. The duly employed Police and City Marshal are authorized to require persons using the beach or structures erected thereon to obey reasonable commands designed to protect the public and public property, and the failure to obey any lawful command of those individuals shall be a violation of this ordinance.
- Penalty for violation. Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1000.00 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months and to perform community service for a period not exceeding 60 days, any or all such penalties in the discretion of the recorder judge. When found by an employee as described above, the person responsible for the violation will be issued a citation and subpoena which names the violation and establishes a date for the violator to appear in court to answer the charge. Violators may elect to pay the fine without appearing in court; such action shall constitute a plea of guilty to the charge. When confronted with a violation, enforcing officers may exercise discretion to the point of transporting violators without delay to the Police Station for the purpose of posting bond in order to ensure their appearance in court.
- Severability. The provisions of this ordinance are severable. If any section of this ordinance is declared unconstitutional, illegal, or void, it shall not affect or impair any of the remaining sections of this ordinance.
- Repealer. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
14. Jumping or Diving From Pier or Public Structure – It shall be unlawful for any person to jump or dive from any pier or public structure except those that might be specifically built for that purpose and as may be specifically authorized in connection with a properly authorized special event.
15. Walking or Climbing on Public Structures – It shall be unlawful to walk or climb upon the rocks, jetties, or other manmade structures which are marked with appropriate signage.