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14 Apr 2022
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Destin is known for its pristine, emerald-colored beaches but in order to keep them this way we all play a role. Being such a breathtakingly beautiful area with bodies of water and nature surrounding it, it is our responsibility to protect it!
See below for both everyday ways & local events that you can contribute to keeping our beaches clean!
Small Efforts Make Big Differences! 
For the sake of preserving fond memories of our past, enjoyment of the present, and for the future generations to come, here are some LEAVE NO TRACE tips for staying mindful: 
  1. Take ONLY memories - Our sand, sea oats, and other natural elements create a thriving ecosystem for wildlife and sea life that consider Okaloosa County their home.
  2. Leave ONLY footprints - Put trash in proper waste receptacles when enjoying the outdoors or remember to bring a garbage bag along to make hauling your trash back home for disposal, a little easier.
  3. Pitch in and Pitch it! - Leave your environment better than you found it. Even if you didn't toss the litter, it feels good to do more good than required. If you see trash floating around, pitch in and pitch it!
  4. Sea Turtle Nesting Season begins on May 1 each year - Lights out after dark and filling in those holes after a day of building sandcastles will help the baby sea turtles make their way safely to the surf.

Leave No Trace

-Earth Day Beach Cleanup 2022:

This free family-friendly event includes clean-up contests with prizes, a post-clean-up participant breakfast at select locations, and an event t-shirt (limited quantity)!
B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bucket), mesh bag, reusable gloves, and trash pickers
Clean up locations:
  • The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island (1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, FL)
  • Norriego Point (1 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL) - this is a paddle and beach clean up
  • Mattie Kelly Park & Joe's Bayou (825 Beach Dr, Destin, FL)
  • Henderson Beach State Park (17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL)
  • The Crab Trap Destin (3500 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL)
  • The Surf Hut (551 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach, FL)

-Earth Day Fort Walton Beach :

Join us for an Earth Day Celebration, “Earth Festival,” in Fort Walton Beach on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Liza Jackson Park, 338 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. Prior to the start of the event, we will host a park clean-up from 10 a.m. – to 11 a.m. Please arrive at 9:45 a.m. if you plan to participate. We will have buckets and garbage grabbers for use.  Wear loose clothes, comfortable shoes, bring water (not in a plastic bottle please), and sunscreen. We will also have a water clean-up from 11 a.m. – to 1 p.m. so bring your kayaks and canoes!
The intent of Earth Day Fort Walton Beach is to educate the public and increase awareness about environmental and social issues at local, regional, and global levels to engage, empower, and encourage public involvement towards positive resolutions.
-Henderson Beach State Park Cleanup:
Henderson Beach State Park is hosting a beach cleanup and turtle race in honor of Earth Day. Join the effort to keep our natural areas clean and free of litter. A turtle race will show visitors the obstacles that confront sea turtles when nesting and hatching in their natural areas.
WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2022 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
WHERE: Henderson Beach State Park - 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin FL 32566
DIRECTIONS: Pavilion B on the beach.
FEES: The program is free with paid park entry.