​​​Town of Orchid

​​​located between the atlantic ocean and the intercoastal waterway in historic indian river county

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Annually the Treasure Coasts hosts visiting sea turtles between March and October, a time is known as "turtle nesting season". Sea turtle populations are considered either endangered or threatened, and are protected under a variety of Federal, State and Local laws. These include the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and  Florida's Marine Turtle Protection Act. 

Protections are stipulated regarding the marine turtles themselves, as well as their hatchlings, nests and their habitats. It's important that these marine animals and the laws pertaining to their protection are respected. Please be aware that not all turtle nests are identified with orange tape.

Nobody may take, harass, harm, pursue, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or attempt to engage in any such conduct to marine turtles, turtle nests, and/or turtle eggs. Hefty penalties may be imposed upon anyone who violates these laws. 

Orchid's Beautiful Beach & Shore

The Town of Orchid is part of Florida's famous Treasure Coast along the Atlantic Ocean. And certainly Orchid's beautiful and pristine beach is a treasure, not only to the Town's residents but also to our annual visitors, the sea turtles. As evidenced by the turtle tracks pictured here.  

Below is information specific to the beach in Orchid and the ways in which to enjoy and protect this wonderful, natural resource. 

Protected Dunes
The State of Florida has strict laws that protect its fragile dune system, which in turn protects our coastal Town. It is very important that dunes are not disturbed. For this reason, please be sure to use only the available dune crossovers to access the beach in Orchid. The vegetation on the dunes is there to keep dune sand in place and it should not be removed therefore. Keep any pets off the dunes at all times.

Dogs on the Beaches in Orchid

In accordance with the Town's Code of Ordinances, you may bring your dog along

with you for a splash in the ocean or a stroll along the beach in Orchid. The Town

Council passed an ordinance on the heels of a petition by property owners, which

allows residents to be accompanied by their dogs. 

Please note that there are a few rules for you and your canine friend to abide by,

namely that;

  • Your dog must be leashed or otherwise physically restrained, ​or be visible to

          you and under your voice control

  • Dogs are NOT allowed on the dunes.
  • You must clean up and properly dispose of your dog's leavings​
  • Dogs are NOT allowed to dig or destroy sea turtle nests. There are strict penalties imposed by the State if it is proven your dog has disturbed a turtle nesting site. Turtle nesting season runs from March through October.

Bearing these few things in mind, why not take Rover to the beach for fun, sun and exercise in Orchid today?

Sea Turtles - Endangered or Threatened Species

​Orchid's local ordinances state that to protect the threatened and endangered sea turtles which nest along the beaches in the Town, all oceanfront development and any construction that can be seen from the beach shall comply with the following criteria: All lights illuminating buildings or associated grounds shall be shielded in such a manner that they are not visible from the beach. Lights illuminating dune crosswalks shall be covered, if these lights are visible from the beach. Streetlights shall be located or modified so that illumination will travel landward and not be seen from the beach.

The reason for these local regulations pertaining to lighting is that turtles and their hatchlings become confused by artificial lighting, as their instinct is to use light, that of the moon, to navigate. For more information about sea turtles, please click HERE.

Unguarded Beaches
The beach at Orchid is not life guard protected. The Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club uses the Florida Uniform Warning Flag System at its main beach access to advise beach-goers of coastal and surf conditions. Be aware that the tide and surf conditions can change rapidly. It is important to be mindful of where you are when swimming, so as to always be comfortable with the distance back to shore. Safety should be your first priority. 

Rip Currents

A rip current is a strong channel of water moving away from the

shore at a beach. They are part of the natural near-shore ocean

circulation and are quite common, occurring at many beaches every

day on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida. They typically

form along breaks in the offshore underwater sandbar, but they also

occur near structures such as jetties and piers.

It's important to be aware that a rip current can form very quickly

and extend as far as 50 to 100 yards offshore at speeds up to

5 miles per hour or about 8 feet per second. That is faster than an

Olympic swimmer can swim! Rip currents do not pull people under

the water; instead they carry people out towards deeper water and

make it difficult for someone to swim back to shore. To learn about

how to avoid being caught in a rip current, please click HERE

Shark Fishing

As the protection of Orchid's beachgoers and swimmers is the Town's priority, the Town Council passed an Ordinance that bans chumming and blood baiting of shark fishing on its beaches. Many other municipalities throughout Indian River County and the State have passed similar legislation. To read the Ordinance, click HERE

Annual Beach Stability Analysis Report
In November, Coastal Waterways Design & Engineering  finalized the Annual Beach Stability Analysis Report for 2017. To view this report and the two previous reports please click the relevant year below: