Beach Rules

Beach RulesRules and regulations for the Anna Maria Island beaches are governed by Florida State Law, the code of ordinances of Manatee County plus the additions and modifications within the island’s three cities — Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.

Beaches are ‘parks’ for the purposes of applicable codes and enforcement of rules. Alleys and paths to the beaches are included as “entryways”.

We know you want to enjoy the beach as much as the next person. Therefore, please adhere to the following general public beach rules. Otherwise, engaging in prohibited activities may result in as much as a $500 fine.

The main regulations include:

  • No consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages
  • No glass containers
  • No open fires or possession of fireworks
  • No camping or overnight parking
  • No vehicles or bicycles, except for wheelchairs, on beach
  • No launching watercraft from beach or in designated swim areas, except surfboards, sailboats, catamarans and kayaks
  • No throwing games or propelled objects, including balls, stones, arrows, javelins, or model airplanes except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation.
  • No horseback riding
  • No littering. Where receptacles are not provided, all refuse and trash must be carried away from the beach by the person responsible for its presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere.
  • No plastic bags
  • No disturbing or feeding wildlife
  • No lights, unattended chairs and cabanas, screens, umbrellas, between sunset and sunrise during turtle nesting season between May 1 and October 31
  • No removal of natural resources
  • No disorderly conduct or public nudity
  • No fishing from jetty or in swim areas
  • No pets allowed, except service dogs (Palma Sola Causeway Park does allow dogs)
  • No vending/concessions without proper authorization
  • No assembly without a permit

In addition, any items or temporary structures, including but not limited to screen rooms, beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas, which have the potential for entrapment of sea turtles and which may interfere with the use of the natural beach environment for nesting must be removed from the beach nightly by the owner of the property upon which the item or temporary structure is located. If the item or temporary structure is not located on private property, it may be removed by a code enforcement officer.

Keep in mind some special rules may apply at the county public beach parks — Anna Maria Bayfront Park, Coquina Bayside Park, Coquina Gulfside Park and Manatee Beach Park — where there are facilities and areas zoned for specific uses and lifeguards.

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