Sea Dunes

Rental Townhome Community  
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

KITTY HAWK  - Rules of the BEACH

  1. Swimming Prohibited During Dangerous Conditions:  It is recognized that during certain periods of time, as a result of a combination of environmental conditions, dangerous riptides and undercurrents occur in the ocean surf making ocean conditions unsafe for swimmers.  In order to protect people from these hazards the Town of Kitty Hawk has implemented a red flag warning system that is designed to warn individuals of such conditions.  People who ignore this warning system endanger not only their own life, but also that of the public officials who are charged with protecting them.  Therefore, these individuals shall be held accountable for their actions.
        *The town may impose a civil penalty of $250.00 for EACH violation of this section.  Violations of this sections shall be enforceable to civil action in the nature of debt if not paid within ten days of the citation date.  In addition, the town shall have the right to enjoin multiple violations by a person by a civil action of injunction relief.


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  1. Glass Containers Prohibited: The possession of glass beverage or glass food containers on town-owned or operated beaches within the town, or on beach access areas, the town-operated bathhouse, or town parking areas is unlawful.

  2. Dogs on the Beach:    Dogs are permitted on public beaches. The owner/handler is responsible for and must remove feces and possess a bag/container for waste removal at all times. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet.   At all other times during the year, dogs must be restrained on a leash retractable to 12 feet. Dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach. Unleashed dogs must be controlled by the handler, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times. A leash must be with owner/handler at all times.

  3. Surfers to use Leashes: If you surf in the Atlantic Ocean, you must be attached to the board with a line capable of restraining the board to you.  The line must be no longer than twice the length of the board.  

  4. Engine Powered Watercraft Launching prohibited.  It is unlawful to launch, land, or otherwise beach any engine-powered watercraft from the beach in the town.  

  5. Vehicles on the BeachesVehicles on the beaches are prohibited except for
    a) commercial fishermen holding a valid state commercial fishermen's license when engaged in commercial fishing activities 
    b) town and/or emergency vehicles

  6. Fires on Beaches:  It shall be unlawful for any person to ignite, cause to be ignited, or maintain a fire on the ocean beaches within the town of Kitty Hawk.