Bradenton Beach Rules and RegulationsCoastal Cottages AMI wants to make sure that once its guests arrive on Anna Maria Island that their vacation is as pleasant as possible. By familiarizing one’s self with some of the most commonly neglected regulations by visitors to the island — specifically, Bradenton Beach — one’s stay would definitely start out on the right foot . . . even if it is in flip-flops!

The Bradenton Beach Commission shares the following reminders for guests visiting Anna Maria Island, and Bradenton Beach:

  • Animals, alcohol, fires, glass bottles or vehicles are not allowed on any city or county beaches at any time. 


  • Park only in designated parking areas. Parking is prohibited on all city streets and state rights of way.


  • While enjoying the beaches, please leave any valuables at your vacation rental. If valuables are left in your vehicle, please lock them in a secure place before reaching your destination. Never leave valuables in plain view.


  • Except for Coquina Beach, there are no public restrooms.


  • No person over the age of six years shall use the restrooms at the public beaches designated for the opposite sex.


  • Curfew at all parks within the city is 12:00 midnight.


  • It is unlawful to disturb any turtle nests on beaches. View more on sea turtle protection.


  • No person shall catch, molest, injure, capture or kill any wild birds or wildlife, except poisonous reptiles, rats or vermin, or except when engaged in fishing in compliance with the rules and regulations promulgated by appropriate state and federal wildlife agencies.


  • No person in a park/beach shall dig, remove or displace any beach sand, whether submerged or not, or any soil, rock, stone, tree, shrub or plant, down timber or other wood or material.


  • No person in a park/beach shall damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark, or pick the flowers or seeds, of any tree or plant. Nor shall any person attach any rope, wire or other contrivance to any tree or plant. A person shall not dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.


  • No person in a park/beach shall climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, fountains, railing, fences or gun carriages or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.


  • No person in a park shall tie or hitch a horse or other animal, including a dog, to any tree or plant.


  • No person shall leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving, or set against trees, or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by them.


  • No person shall ride a bicycle on any road between 20 minutes after sunset or before 20 minutes before sunrise without an attached headlight plainly visible at least 200 feet in front of or without a red taillight or red reflector plainly visible from at least 30 feet from the rear of, such bicycle.


  • No person shall  dress or undress on any beach or other public place, or in any vehicle, toilet or other place, except in such bathing houses or structures as may be provided for that purpose.


  • No person in a park/beach shall take part in or abet the playing of such games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins or model airplane except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games such as football, baseball and soccer is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided for such activities. Skating of any type, including in-line, boards, or other, shall be confined to those areas specifically designated for such activity.


  • No person in a park/beach shall possess or drink alcoholic beverages, except during designated special events.


  • No person shall start, make or kindle any fire on any public beach or recreational area within the city limits, except in locations or places so designated and provided for such activities.


  • Rice-free weddings are not required but they are environmentally unsafe as birds cannot digest rice. Consider alternatives, such as, bubbles, birdseed or rosebuds. Confetti poses a danger to small sea creatures and has to be cleaned up.

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