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Public reminded to immediately report beach violations

By Staff | May 27, 2020

In response to “after-the-fact” reports of violations of the city’s beach wildlife protection regulations, Sanibel Police Chief Dalton reminds citizens that “if you see something, say something” and say something by calling the Sanibel Police Department at 239-472-3111. It is imperative you call at the time you witness the violation. Please do not directly engage with violators.

Residents are encouraged to report observed violations including, but not limited to:

– Unleashed dogs: Sanibel’s Leash Law mandates that all dogs on the beach must be on a leash no longer than 8-feet in length.

– People or pets entering or disturbing posted areas for shorebirds, sea turtles or other wildlife: It is illegal to disturb nesting shorebirds and sea turtles. Shorebirds and sea turtles are protected under city, state and federal laws.

– Feeding or harassing wildlife.

– Collecting live shells.

– Trampling dune vegetation.

Violations of wildlife ordinances may be subject to city, state and/or federal fines and penalties and should be reported at the time they are witnessed to the police at 239-472-3111. In any life-threatening emergency, always dial 911 immediately.