TAMPA, Fla. — Beads are as synonymous with Gasparilla as the pirates, ships and big crowds.
But there is important information for you to know before you dispose of them.
Keep Tampa’s waterways bead-free, and remember that throwing beads or any other items in the water is prohibited according to Florida Statute 403.413.
Beads and other non-biodegradable items are harmful to the environment and pose serious threats to marine wildlife. They take a thousand years to break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, which never decompose.
Beads can be dropped off at a number of locations. You can find them here.
Tampa officials are also warning Gasparailla visitors to be aware of the locations alcohol can be consumed. There is a "wet zone" where consumption is allowed.
BELOW: Legal Alcohol Zone Map for Gasparilla