Discarded Belongings Equal Dissatisfied Guests:

“Leave No Trace” Education is Key in Peak Season

Feedback from visitors during Memorial Day weekend indicates that many local businesses may inadvertently be contributing to less than perfect guest experiences by not providing visitors with education about the Leave No Trace ordinance.

Items left on the beach one hour after sunset will be discarded and can not be retrieved from County facilities. The ordinance is in place to protect nesting sea turtles, reduce eyesores, and protect beachgoers. To avoid unhappy visitors, Visit South Walton (VSW) encourages all host properties to share the Leave No Trace and Beach Safety rules with guests.

“Visit South Walton wants everyone to enjoy our pristine beaches, which is why we have the Leave No Trace requirements in place,” said Jay Tusa, Executive Director for the Walton County TDC. “We work diligently to educate our stakeholders about the requirements and rely on them to carry the message forward to their guests so that everyone’s belongings are correctly stowed at the end of the day, leaving the beaches clear for everyone’s enjoyment.”

VSW encourages hosts to prominently display or distribute the Leave No Trace flyer at check-in and encourage all employees to educate visitors so that they do not lose valuable property. VSW provides Beachgoer Guides upon request for properties to distribute.

Guest satisfaction often runs as high as 96% in South Walton. Superior hospitality and service has made our destination second to none. Protect guest satisfaction this peak season by making sure that all visitors are aware of local regulations.

For more information, visit our web page for information on local and state and ordinanaces or the Beach Safety page. Call Brooke DiSalvo in the Visitor Center at (850) 622-7802 to request materials to distribute to guests.