Palm Beach County beaches are monitored daily but not all nests are individually marked, therefore it may be assumed that a nest may be anywhere on the beach. Standard conditions for filming during turtle nesting season are as follows:
- No penetration of the sand is allowed by any equipment. Tripods are permitted to penetrate the sand no more than six inches. Any equipment that will penetrate the sands more than six inches in depth must have plywood or other sturdy surface placed underneath the equipment in order to prevent penetration.
- Lights are not permitted on the beach before sunrise or after sunset during turtle nesting season.
- The use of heavy equipment and street vehicles to transport equipment on the beach is prohibited.
- The production company shall not modify, cut or otherwise disturb existing beach dune topography or vegetation. No excavation of sand landward of the mean high water line is permitted.
- Any temporary, minor disturbances in the sand including ruts, depressions, holes or mounds less than 6 inches (made by equipment) should be filled in and raked smooth with hand tools.
- In the event that an unmarked marine turtle nest is exposed, or a dead, injured or sick marine turtle is discovered during prep, production or wrap, the production company must cease all activity and immediately notify the local sea turtle monitor.
Sea turtles in Florida are protected through Florida Statutes, Chapter 379 of The Marine Turtle Protection Act and by the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973. These laws state that: "No person or corporation may knowingly take, disturb, mutilate, destroy, cause to be destroyed, transfer, sell, offer to sell, molest or harass any marine turtles or the eggs or nest of any marine turtles." Any person who knowingly violates any provision of the act may be assessed civil penalties up to $25,000 or a criminal penalty up to $100,000 and up to one year imprisonment. ALL persons involved in production acknowledges they will be held responsible for any infractions of federal, state and local laws. For more information please visit the FWC webpage or contact them at 888.404.FWCC
These conditions are general guidelines and are subject to change as conditions change.