~ Beach Preservation and Cleanliness ~
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
You and your guests are expected to behave in a manner that fully protects and preserves the natural resources of our local beaches. All ceremony set-up is to be seaward of the Conservation Zone, conspicuously marked by posts and signs. Federal Law prohibits any activity within 30 feet of a marked sea turtle nest. Lighting of any kind is prohibited during sea turtle nesting season (May 1st thru October 31st). You and your guests are to fully protect beach vegetation and to keep off the dune and dune vegetation at all times. It is unlawful to remove anything from the beach such as sand, vegetation, shells, or wildlife.
It is not CBTS’s responsibility to collect or dispose of any waste products left by you or your guests. Any and all waste produced at the event, by any individual, must be appropriately collected and disposed of in any of the many trash receptacles conveniently located along the waterfront, including, but limited to, food waste, plastic containers, soda cans, cigarette butts, bubble favors, ceremony programs, and flower petals. Styrofoam containers and toxic chemicals are prohibited from the beach at all times. Fabric flower petals are not to be used at any time, or under any circumstances, as they cannot easily be retrieved or disposed of, and pose a danger to wildlife. You are encouraged to research environmentally-safe and bio-degradable alternatives.
It is the Client's responsibility to ensure their guests are being respectful of our local beaches by disposing of their own litter. You shall designate someone in your party to ensure beach cleanliness is maintained, and that all trash is collected and disposed of upon conclusion of the ceremony. If trash is not collected within a reasonable time, or if CBTS must clean up any waste left by you or your guests, you will be charged a $250 penalty for non-compliance. Additionally, you will be responsible for any fines issued by county officials.
In some cases, a $250 Beach Cleanliness Deposit will be required and collected to ensure that the ceremony site is left free of debris or litter left by you or your guests. If the beach is left in satisfactory condition prior to your departure, the deposit will be returned via check the week following your event. If trash is not collected within a reasonable time, or if CBTS must clean up any waste left by you or your guests, the beach cleanliness deposit will be forfeited, without recourse.