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Beach Warning Flags

The safety and enjoyment of Florida and Alabama's public beaches are affected by changes in tide and surf conditions. To minimize water activity risks, a uniform flag program is used

Florida and Alabama's beach warning flag programs use flags in four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain the meaning of each color

  • Double Red Flag: Water Closed to Public (It is illegal to enter the water)
  • Single Red Flag: High Surf and/or Strong Currents
  • Yellow Flag: Moderate Surf and/or Currents
  • Green Flag: Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution
  • Purple Flag: Dangerous Marine Life

Please remember that the absence of red glags does not assure safe conditions.

Oil Impact Notices

There are no swimming advisories in effect for our beach destination areas. As the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill lessened, in place of swimming advisories some counties on the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast have chosen to post Oil Impact Notices on the public beaches that were touched by oil. These notices will remain in place for an undetermined period.

To learn more, here is a list of websites and contact information

To learn more, here is a list of websites and contact information:

Alabama Department of Public Health
(866) 264-4073

Escambia County Health Department
(850) 595-6700

Santa Rosa County
(850) 983-4636

Okaloosa County Health Department
(850) 833-9247 (Fort Walton Beach Environmental Health Line)

Walton County TDC - South Walton Update
(850) 267-2000

Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
(850) 248-8170 (Bay County Public Information Officer)

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
(888) 337-3569

EPA - Coastal Water Sampling

EPA - Air Monitoring on Gulf Coastline

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