Sand dunes are some of the City’s most valuable natural resources, providing habitat for several different coastal species and storm protection for the upland communities.
Whenever possible, people should use walkovers when crossing a dune field. Foot traffic in dunes tramples vegetation and causes erosion over time. In addition to that, the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act is in place to preserve and protect our beach and dune systems and makes it unlawful to cause harm to the dunes.
The sea oats that grow in sand dunes are also protected themselves in Florida and it is illegal to cut, harvest or remove them. These essential plants have expansive root systems that are extremely important in stabilizing beaches and anchoring the dunes.