Are you wondering if you can leave a few items on the beach and return to the same spot the next day? – Don’t do it!
Outer Banks communities have now started cracking down on beachgoers who set up tents, umbrellas, chairs and other beach equipment and leaving items on the beach overnight or for their entire vacation. Some visitors leave them in an attempt to stake a claim on a piece of the beach; others simply purchase inexpensive canopies and chairs while they’re here and leave them, essentially as trash, once their vacation is over.
Thankfully many towns are now prohibiting leaving personal property on the beach overnight. Depending on the town, your property may be tagged with a warning or simply removed as trash. And there are no provisions for recovery of your property.
A beach that is littered with equipment may hinder first responders during emergency rescue operations, and is extremely dangerous during windy conditions when items can blow into other beachgoers, homes, or into the water.
PLUS, it’s just bad beach etiquette. When beach-lovers arrive for a moonlit walk or to photograph a scenic sunrise, the last thing they want to do is navigate around rows of tents and chairs.
Also, wildlife depends on access to the dunes or the water’s edge, and your belongings limit their nocturnal patterns.
Hopefully educating vacationers will help curb this ongoing problem. No one wants to see a ban on beach equipment, as has happened in other beach communities.
Please, keep our beaches beautiful.
Don’t litter on the Outer Banks.
Remove everything you bring – each day – that includes:
All towns on the Outer Banks – including Corolla, Southern Shores, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head – are enforcing this policy. Below is the notice from the Town of Nags Head: