Certification Administered by Coastal Connections, INC
We are thrilled to see hotels becoming energized to protect sea turtles. They work hard for this Certification and deserve applause for their efforts.Kendra Cope – Coastal Connections
This certification is a great way to ensure visitors and locals alike that the hotels and businesses are doing their part to protect and serve their environment.Kirk Funnel – Visit Indian River County
THE RIGOROUS PROCESS OF CERTIFICATION REQUIRES ENTITIES TO MEET THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS:
Must provide educational materials about sea turtles on the property and on social media to spread information and knowledge to a broader audience.
Must follow all local sea turtle lighting ordinances and State recommended guidelines to minimize harmful impacts to nesting moms and hatchlings on the beach.
Must remove single-use plastic to-go containers, straws, cups, utensils, and bags or offer a plastic alternative on property.
Recycling is required and must be easily accessible and available to guests on property.
Must keep beaches free from human-made debris year-round and host at least one beach cleanup.
Must remove all human-made objects like furniture and recreational equipment from the beach nightly to clear space for nesting moms.
For more information about the Sea Turtle Friendly Certification or Coastal Connections, Inc., please contact them directly.