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Conservation DUNES CONSERVATION R ESPEC T HOW CAN YOU HELP Florida State Statute 161.053, Flagler Beach City Ordinance 5.02.04. The natural sand dunes that line the gorgeous shores along Scenic Highway A1A are more than massive piles of wind-blown sand. Natural dunes play a much larger part in beach conservation than most beach-goers might expect, which is why we have to do everything we can to protect them. Together, we must create a culture of respect for the 16    flaglerchamber.org  •  visitflagler.com R ES T OR E Only access the beach using the approved stairs and access points. Do not walk, slide, jump or throw items down the dunes. beaches, so we can continue to restore them and revive them for generations to come. Let’s protect the dunes as carefully as they protect us! Help us Dodge the Dunes. Our coastal lifestyle depends on the natural dunes for a variety of reasons. They provide the first line of defense against ocean storms for our homes, restaurants and businesses, as well as inland and coastal ecosystems. Dunes create the signature coastline and beautiful beaches that attract locals and visitors alike. They also provide homes to plants and animals such as the legally protected nesting sea turtles that grace our shores. Make sure you “Dodge the Dunes” by avoiding any walking, parking or driving on any grass or plants on the oceanside of A1A. DodgetheDunes.com Facebook: Dodge the Dunes For all the latest updates and information! Did you know that dune grass grows by the inch, but dies by the foot and it only takes ten steps to destroy it! Restoration of the dunes can take months or years to complete, but the establishment of natural dunes is key to protecting our economy and natural coastal treasures. Our fragile dune beach grass anchors sand in place and can be damaged by foot and vehicle traffic, causing erosion. Without vegetation, dunes would be lost to the effects of wave, rain and wind erosion. REVIVE The renourishment and revival of our natural dunes will continue to make Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches a beautiful destination and home. We have to look towards the future, not only to ensure the survival of endangered species and the protection of our economy, but also to maintain one of our area’s most valuable assets. We owe it to future generations to respect, restore and revive the beaches so that they too can enjoy the beauty of the coastline. — Lucky the Loggerhead Photo: © Honourableandbold | Megapixl.com