Since 2007, Leave Only Footprints (LOF) has become a huge part of Alabama’s beaches. The program and its protocols work together to increase awareness and participation in green initiatives – encouraging beachgoers to only leave behind their footprints, and nothing else. Residents of the area are familiar with what LOF entails, but many visitors may not be aware of the rules – especially since they constantly evolve.
Leave Only Footprints, Take Only Memories
The founding principle is unarguably a good one: The more natural we can leave the beaches, the more enjoyable they’ll be for people, and more beneficial they’ll be for wildlife. Even with that in mind, however, the legislation is reaching further and further into society.
There’s a long list of prohibited items now being enforced by the local government. Under these provisions, you’re not allowed to have
– Glass containers
– Metal shovels/excessive digging
– Tents/structures larger than 10’ x 10’
– Loud music
The Changes of 2016
As of this year, you’re not allowed to leave any personal items on the beach more than an hour after sunset. The regulations also allow beach patrol to remove and dispose of your property if it’s left after curfew. But there are some exceptions to that rule that have people up in arms.
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