​​Town of Orchid

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

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Orchid's Beautiful Beach and Shore

The Town of Orchid, located along the Atlantic shoreline, has a beautiful, pristine beach. Below is information specific to the beach and ways in which to enjoy this natural resource. 
















If you would like to see a surf report, click HERE.


​​Dogs on the Beaches in Orchid

You may bring your dog along with you for a splash in the ocean or a stroll along the beach in Orchid. That's right! 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.
  • You must clean up and properly dispose of your dog's leavings. 
  • Dogs are NOT allowed on the dunes. 
  • 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 nest. 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!


Dunes

The State of Florida has strict Statutes that protect our fragile dune system. It is very important that you do not disturb the dunes. For this reason, please be sure to use only dune crossovers to access the beach. Do not pick any of the vegetation on the dunes, as it is there to keep dune sand in place. Keep your pet off the dunes at all times.

Sea Turtles - Endangered or Threatened Species

Sea turtle populations have been seriously reduced worldwide through a number of human influences. For instance, overdeveloped coastal areas have reduced natural nesting habitats. The capture of adult turtles for eggs, meat, leather, and tortoise shell has decreased breeding populations also. Incidental capture of adults in fishing nets and shrimp trawls has brought one species, the Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempi), right to the brink of extinction. For these reasons all sea turtle species are protected.


Sea turtles are protected through Florida Statutes, Chapter 370, and by the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973. Briefly, these laws state that no person may take, harass, harm, pursue, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or attempts to engage in any such conduct to marine turtles, turtle nest, and/or turtle eggs. Hefty penalties may be imposed upon anyone who violates these laws.


Unguarded Beaches

The beaches at Orchid are not life guard protected. The beach is posted with the Florida Uniform Warning Flag System. Be aware that the tide and surf conditions can change rapidly. It is important to be aware of where you are when swimming, so as to always be comfortable with the distance back to shore. Safety should be your first priority. To familiarize yourself with the flag warning system, its colors and meanings, please click HERE


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 Report
Steve Boehning of Coastal Waterways presented the Town's Annual Beach Stability Report at the November 4, 2015 Town Council Meeting. The report is very comprehensive and is available for your review by clicking HERE


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