Who trims the seagrapes along the beach? Why do they seem overgrown?

The sections of beachfront that are owned by the Town are trimmed according to the terms and limitations of an approved State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection permit. The DEP regulates the protection of beach dunes and beach dune vegetation as well as trimming of beach dune vegetation. The trimming work is coordinated through the Public Works Department 561-741-2730.  One of the guiding factors of the Town’s seagrape trimming permit is the sea turtle nesting season, where trimming is limited during the season in order to allow the seagrapes to grow and shield the beach from nearby artificial light sources. Adult and hatchling sea turtles rely on the dark backdrop of the beach dunes and vegetation to point them towards the open ocean, which is brighter due to the reflection of moonlight. Artificial light can be very dangerous to sea turtles because the artificial light competes with the natural moonlight on which they rely for orientation. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has more information about the disorientation of sea turtles caused by artificial lighting.

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1. Can I remove trees or vegetation in a residential neighborhood?
2. Can I remove mangroves?
3. I want to trim mangroves on my property. Do I need to hire a Professional Mangrove Trimmer, or can I trim the mangroves?
4. I want to hire a tree/landscape company - Do you have anyone you can recommend?
5. I want to hire a tree/landscape business. Are they registered with the town?
6. Who do I contact if I have a question about trees or landscape in the medians or along the Right Of Way?
7. My neighbors tree branches, roots, shrubs, or yard clippings are coming into my yard - can the town do something about this?
8. If a tree/landscape is on my property line we don't know who owns it - can the town come and tell us?
9. There is a dead tree on my property – Will the town remove it? Do I need a permit to remove a dead tree?
10. There is a dead tree in the Right of Way or alley way - who do I call about removal?
11. There is a dead tree in my neighbors' yard - I am afraid it will fall on my house, what can I do?
12. I want to remove a tree or modify landscaping on a residential or commercial property - do I need permission?
13. Do I need a "Clearing" or "Vegetation Removal" permit to clear or remove exotic and/or prohibited plant species from my property?
14. Someone is cutting a tree down or removing landscaping - who do I call to report it?
15. Who trims the seagrapes along the beach? Why do they seem overgrown?
16. What are the lighting regulations on the beach to protect the sea turtle nesting?
17. Do I need a permit to build a dock or boatlift on my property?
18. Can I build a seawall?
19. What are the current watering restrictions?