Green Up Gulf Shores

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Each year, the Gulf Shores area welcomes over 5.7 million visitors to the sugar whites sands and emerald waters along its beaches. The City of Gulf Shores recognizes the importance of a clean, healthy environment to our economy and way of life. In an effort to protect our natural resources, the City has launched Green Up Gulf Shores to develop, enhance, and promote projects and initiatives aimed at raising environmental awareness, reducing waste, increasing livability, and improving sustainability in the Gulf Shores community.
Program Overview

Green Up Gulf Shores is an education-based environmental awareness campaign designed to reach the residents of and visitors to Gulf Shores.  The program will seek to address environmental concerns and issues that affect the region by disseminating critical information via signage, special events, website/social media, news releases, and other promotional methods to the public. 

Green Up Gulf Shores will advance the Core Values identified within the Small Town, Big Beach Vision 2025 For Sustainability, including:

  • We protect and enhance the quality of life for our residents, visitors, and retirees.
  • We protect and preserve our unique natural resources.
  • We embed sustainability into the fabric of the community.
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Leave Only Footprints

Please do your part to keep our beautiful beaches safe and clean. Each of us is responsible for protecting and preserving our natural resources and the City of Gulf Shores strives to provide a safe, clean, family-friendly environment for everyone visiting. To help do your part, here are some tips for enjoying our coast responsibly, along with some rules, regulations and resources. 

The following regulations have been established by Ordinance 1792 and enforced on our beaches.  Enjoying our coastline responsibly ensures a more positive experience for you and helps ensure the safety of all our visitors and the sustainability of our natural resources.
  • Any structures or equipment left on the beach an hour after sunset will be removed and disposed of by beach patrol (except for permitted beach services).
  • Individual lodging properties and land owners may allow tents and shelters in designated areas during the deal. Learn the rules for your stretch of beach.
  • The items are not allowed on our beaches: glass containers, metal shovels or excessive digging, litter, tents or structures larger than 10' X 10', overnight camping, fireworks, firearms, fires, pets and vehicles.
  • Keep off the dunes. Staying off the dunes will help us to preserve our dune system and the habitat it provides. Use beach walkovers and boardwalks where provided.
  • Observe and obey Beach Warning Flag System. Double red flags means the waters are closed for your safety.
  • Be respectful of private property beyond the bounds of your lodging property.
Beach Rules and Regulations
Leave Only Footprints Ordinance


For more sustainability resources, information on updated city rules and regulations and the latest from Leave Only Footprints visit cleanisland.org 
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