Be a Hero for Beach-Nesting Birds

This Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds beachgoers how to help protect vulnerable beach-nesting birds while enjoying Florida’s coastal habitats this holiday weekend. Each spring and summer, shorebirds and seabirds rely on Florida’s sandy beaches for critical nesting habitat. Everyone headed to our shorelines this weekend can make a big difference in shorebird … Read more

Help Nesting Sea Turtles by Respecting Their Nests

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds the public that we can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season by giving them space, removing beach furniture at night, keeping beaches clean and dark, and never disturbing their nests. Sea turtles and their nests are protected under state and federal law. Florida’s sandy … Read more

Harry Harris Beach Area to be Closed for Jetty Repairs

The Harry Harris Beach area at Harry Harris Park in Key Largo will be closed beginning Wednesday, April 6 for repairs and will remain closed until construction of the beach jetty is completed. The boat ramp, ballfields, and all other amenities will remain open. “The County understands that any closure is an inconvenience and appreciates … Read more

Lights Out Stash The Trash For Nesting Sea Turtle Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding beachgoers they can help protect the nesting sea turtle by practicing some simple tips. Each year, thousands of sea turtles nest on Florida’s beaches. Because our state is so important to these special animals, beachgoers can help keep our beaches clean and dark so sea … Read more

Key West Beaches get New Sand

The City has begun replenishing the white sandy Key West beaches. Starting this morning, workers began with Smather’s Beach on South Roosevelt Blvd. The project, which is expected to last about two weeks, is a painstakingly careful project because of nesting turtles. Each morning, volunteers walk the beach searching for new nests and signs of … Read more

Best Natural Sunscreen for Scuba – Snorkeling – Swimming in Florida Keys

Sunscreen is a necessity for most scuba divers, but not all sunblock is created equal. Some contain an ingredient that’s destroying coral reefs around the world. The evidence is so strong, Hawaii may pass a law banning certain sunscreens. The primary chemical culprit is oxybenzone, an ingredient used in popular sunscreens made by Banana Boat, Coppertone, … Read more

Swim Advisory at 4 Florida Keys Beaches – Hurricane Irma

Four Florida Keys beaches remain under a precautionary swim advisory, according to the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County. FDOH reports the following beach remains closed due to poor water quality: * Harry Harris Beach The swim advisory remains in effect for the following beaches, which are not accessible for testing due to impacts … Read more

Florida Keys Treasures in the Beach Wrack Line

A fun pastime on any beach is looking for what’s washed up with the tides. Interesting things can wind up in the beach wrack line — piles of seaweed and seagrass marking the high tide line along most natural shorelines. Depending on where you are in Florida, you may be hunting for shark’s teeth, shells … Read more

Florida Keys Beach Wildlife – Tips on Protecting

The Florida Keys Beaches are very important to Florida Keys Wildlife. Follow these tips to ensure the protection of our Florida Keys Beach Wildlife. Respect posted areas, even if you don’t see birds inside them. Birds, eggs and nests are well-camouflaged with the beach environment, and disturbance by people can cause the abandonment of an … Read more