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Laws to keep in mind when visiting the beach

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2022 | Firm News |

Brunswick County is home to several beautiful beaches. Both locals and out-of-state visitors choose this region when they need some time in the sand and surf.

Regardless of where you hail from, you will have a better time if you know what is allowed and what is not when spending time on the beach. While beach laws may vary from region to region, the following information applies to most beaches in North Carolina.

Alcohol and glass are prohibited

You may not consume or possess alcoholic beverages while using the beach. Soft drinks are okay if you use recyclable containers because glass containers on the beach are illegal. Driving under the influence of alcohol is unlawful in beach areas as it is on roadways.

Fires and fireworks are unlawful

In the interests of safety, you may not create or use fires on the beach. This ordinance applies to grills, smokers and other cookers. On most beaches, it is illegal to use fireworks where prohibited, including in beach areas. Most state and nationwide beaches now disallow the use of fireworks.

Harming beach ecosystems is illegal

Some beach ordinances exist to prevent erosion and other harmful environmental effects. Do not disturb sand dunes, fencing and areas containing seagrass oats. The fragile ecosystem of any beach is usually strongly protected.

What’s at stake?

You probably won’t get much more than a warning and a few harsh words for some beach ordinance violations. However, if caught drinking on the beach or driving while drunk, you could face costly fees/fines and lose your driving license.

You can protect against a conviction for DUI and other alcohol-related charges. A good first step is exploring the defense options available in North Carolina.