If you have ever enjoyed the amazing features of Saint George Island, Carrabelle Beach, or Alligator Point you may have noticed a colored flag waving as you approach. It is important to know why these flags are present and what each color flag represents.
As you enjoy the beaches of the Forgotten Coast it is important to have a fun filled and peaceful time, but also know all of the safety measures in place so that you can have the best time possible on the best beaches in Florida.
So what do these beach flags mean?
Each flag is there to alert swimmers of the current water conditions and the level of safety for recreational use.
Double red flag: when this flag is flying this means that the water conditions are very dangerous and that the water is closed for public use. The beach may still be open but anybody on the beach should stay out of the water at this time.
Red flag: a single red flag means that there is a high hazard and there is no swimming, water might be usable for boats but swimmers should not enter the water as it is not safe.
Yellow flag: this means that swimmers should exercise caution as should anybody else planning to use or get into the water. The term for a yellow flag translates to medium hazard and everyone planning to use the water should take caution and make sure they are paying close attention to conditions around them.
Green Flag: this means that the current water conditions pose a low hazard but caution is still advised as there are still some things that anyone using the water should watch out for or be aware of.
Purple flag: this means there is a presence of dangerous marine life in the area. This can be anything from a shark to something small like sickness-causing algae. When this flag is present you will want to look up specific information as to know the details of why the purple flag is currently flying.
Where can you get flag warning information if you do not see a flag or you would like more details on why the specific flag is flying at the beach?
If you do not see a colored flag flying or you would like more specific details as to why a certain flag is currently flying over a beach you can go to the Franklin County Parks and Recreation website to see present conditions and more details about the conditions.
It can be disappointing to show up to a beach and see a flag flying making you unable to use the water, but it is the right thing for your safety and all of your loved one’s safety to make sure you know what each flag means and whether the water is safe to enter and enjoy at each beach on the Forgotten Coast. Including the beloved beaches of Saint George, Carrabelle, Alligator Point and beyond.
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