1. What happens if I find injured wildlife (birds, raccoons, possums, etc.)?
Jacksonville Beach Animal Control does not respond to wildlife calls and will not trap, relocate, or eradicate wildlife. Below are only some of the options that citizens may take to deal with wildlife related problems:
- Hire a private trapper at your own expense
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Contact wildlife rescues or specialty wildlife care facilities
For more information about wildlife in Jacksonville Beach, please visit our Wildlife at Home page.
2. Is Jacksonville Beach dog-friendly?
Yes! Dogs are allowed on the beach at all hours from October 1st to March 31st. Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach between the hours of 9:00AM to 5:00PM every day from April 1st to September 30th. Dogs must still be leashed at all times while on the beach as in all other public places.
We also encourage you to visit our local dog park! The city of Jacksonville Beach sponsors Paws Park, an off-leash membership dog park on 468 Penman Road South that features a small dog area, large dog area, watering bowls, benches, and is handicap accessible.
3. My neighbor has a dog that won't stop barking, what are my options to make it stop?
It is unlawful for the owner or any person having temporary custody of an animal or animals to allow or fail to restrain the animal(s) to bark, meow, whine, howl, or to make sounds common to the species, persistently or continuously for a period of 20 minutes or longer when every animal is not contained within an enclosure sufficient to baffle loud noises and render them reasonably unobjectionable.
For the purposes of this section, persistently or continuously shall mean nonstop utterances for 20 consecutive minutes with individual interruptions or less than 20 seconds at a time during the 20 minute utterances.
Animal Control Officers are unable to enforce violations of this ordinance unless:
- The Animal Control Officer has witnessed the commission of the nuisance.
- Two unrelated adult witnesses from different residences are willing to complete sworn affidavits attesting to committing the nuisance.
- One adult witness who has a recorded video showing the alleged violation is willing to complete a sworn affidavit attesting to the committing of a nuisance.