As we begin the Spring Break season, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have asked us to share the following reminders of rules for this season. Please share and communicate these rules with your employees so they are also informed. For our lodging partners, please see the two attached letters addressed to visitors from each city and consider giving these to all guests at check-in.
Spring Break 2018 Gulf Shores, AL: In anticipation of the college students and families planning to visit our beautiful beach the Gulf Shores Police Department is preparing for a safe and enjoyable Spring Break. Spring Break will officially begin in March. The Gulf Shores Police Department encourages all visitors and local residents to educate themselves and become familiar with some of the municipal ordinances that help keep the City of Gulf Shores safe and enjoyable. Below are some municipal ordinances relevant to Spring Break. The public is reminded that any violation of these ordinances may result in an arrest or the issuance of a citation requiring a court appearance: • No possession or consumption of alcohol on public beaches during the designated periods: March 3 – April 8, 2018 • No sleeping in vehicles or out-of-doors • No erection of tents and shelters or abandonment of beach equipment on public beaches • No unreasonable noise or vibration • No fires on the beach Due to the increase in visitors, heavy traffic congestion and delays are expected. Please be aware and plan ahead. The Gulf Shores Police Department anticipates a fun-filled Spring Break for those who visit and reside within our city. As a reminder, neither alcohol nor glass containers are allowed on public beaches. Please dispose of all trash properly in the nearby receptacles to assist us in keeping your beach clean.
Dear Guests, As Mayor of the City of Orange Beach and on behalf of our City Council, staff and citizens of our community, we welcome you to Orange Beach, Alabama. In Orange Beach, our motto is “Life is better here.” We are a family-friendly resort destination, where we respect one another, enjoy a good time - responsibly - and always keep our beaches and properties clean. Spring break is a special time for so many, but unfortunately, it is also a time when a few vacationers take advantage of the kindness and hospitality of our Gulf Coast communities. So, as we welcome you as our guest, we have been put in a position to also lay the ground rules of the spring break season. Some may have heard it before and are hopefully returning to the beach because we have continued to make it a safe place for families to vacation all year round. For others, this may be your first experience and it is always our goal to make it a pleasant one. For those who are looking for a party town this spring break, Orange Beach is not it. Underage drinking, illegal drug use, disorderly conduct or any disturbance of the peace is never tolerated here. There will be no warnings, no mulligans or do-overs. If you are drinking under age, if you are doing illegal drugs, misbehaving or are publicly intoxicated, you will go to jail. All of the public beaches in the city are owned by the State of Alabama and alcohol consumption is prohibited on state beaches. Glass is not allowed on any of our beaches and with our "Leave Only Footprints" program, all beach items such as tents, chairs and umbrellas must be removed nightly as we protect our natural resource for all to enjoy. You can find more information on our city website, www.orangebeachal.gov, and additional beach information at www.cleanisland.org Each spring, the Orange Beach Police Department does everything it can to discourage any kind of behavior that is not conducive to keeping Orange Beach a family-friendly destination. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding of our rules and laws while visiting Alabama's beaches. We look forward to seeing you and other guests enjoying our sugar-white sand, world-class restaurants and exciting attractions on and off the beach. Sincerely, Tony Kennon Mayor, City of Orange Beach