Mighty Tortuga House Rules

Welcome to the Beach

Welcome to Mighty Tortuga house, our “home away from home.” As you know, this is our personal home and not a hotel, so please treat our beach home as you would staying at a friend’s or relative’s home by following these simple house rules. 

Maximum Capacity

Only the permitted number of guests registered for your booking may be on-premise during your stay. No more than 22 people, including children and day visitors, may use the house at any given time. For all guests above the maximum capacity, you will be charged $100 per guest per day.

Prohibited Activities

  • No illegal activities are allowed on the premises.
  • No drugs and fireworks are allowed on the premises.
  • No large group events, parties, or gatherings on-site.
  • No smoking/vaping of any kind indoors. Guests may smoke outside only (with doors and windows closed). Throw away all cigarette butts and waste into the outdoor urns. Any evidence of smoking/vaping inside the house will result in a forfeit of the security deposit in its entirety. You will also be charged an extra cleaning fee if you leave butts in the yards or driveway.

Use of Property

  • House Appliances + Features: Use all appliances and house features only as intended. Any evidence that guests have damaged and/or destroyed any part of the property from misuse or abuse will result in repair or replacement costs in their entirety.
  • Toilet Use: Do not flush anything other than toilet paper into the toilet. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, feminine products, diapers, paper towels, tissues, wipes of any kind, or trash of any kind. This house uses a lift pump. Any foreign matter may cause damage to the pump and back-up the sewer line. Any evidence that guests have damaged the pump and/or sewer main from misuse or abuse will result in repair or replacement costs in their entirety.
  • Linens and Towels: Please DO NOT use the white towels outside by the pool or at the beach, on the floors, to wipe spills, to remove make-up, and/or for dying your hair (yes, this happens sometimes). Also, please DO NOT wash any of our white linens and towels with your colored laundry. We would hate to charge you extra to replace stained linens and towels.
  • No Garbage Disposal: Use the sink strainers when washing dishes, and dispose of all food scraps into the trash because there is NO garbage disposal.
  • BBQ Grill: After using the charcoal grill to cook, remove any food pieces to reset it for next use. Charcoal is NOT included.
  • Trash Pick Up: Trash cans in front of the house on the driveway. Please put the cans out on Sunday and Wednesday evenings for early morning pick-up the next day. Once emptied, please return the cans to the front of the house.
  • Swimming Pool Safety: Swimming pools can be a potentially dangerous feature that can cause bodily harm and possibly death if not used properly. You are responsible for supervising ALL guests, including anyone on the property that was directly invited by you or not. Use at your own risk. Children and anyone who cannot swim must be vigilantly supervised at ALL times. You are responsible for the safety/maintenance of pool equipment and must inform us if you suspect anything is not functioning properly. All doors and window access to the pool area shall be secured to keep children from accessing the pool unsupervised.
  • Swimming Pool Use: The swimming pool is cleaned and serviced weekly. During your stay, you will need to empty the skimmer daily. Keep all floaties out of the pool when not in use. Do not bring pets or any sharp/small objects into the pool. Use of glass dining or drinkware is strictly prohibited from the pool area. Rinse off in the outdoor shower before using.
  • Pool Alarm: Per City code, all of our windows and patio doors leading to the backyard has an alarm to prevent children from entering the backyard and pool unsupervised. Please disable the alarms located up top before opening any windows or doors. If the alarm goes off, just flip the switch immediately to disable it. Please be careful when you manually flip the fragile alarm switch and remember to turn the alarms back on when you are done playing outside to ensure your kiddos’ safety.
  • Pool Heater: The pool heater is only available for use during the cold winter months of November – March. Per our listing, we charge an extra fee per stay to warm the pool up to 86 degrees. Note that we do not heat the pool above this temperature in order to optimally maintain the pool’s system and energy use. Note that our pool IS NOT a hot tub. If you would like to soak in hot water, please feel free to take a bath in one of our many bathtubs! 
  • Pool Equipment: If you suspect something is amiss with the pool, please contact us immediately. Except for cleaning out the skimmer basket and using our available nets, please do not operate or handle the enclosed pool equipment.
  • No Toys in Pool: Do not put ANY small dive/children’s toys into the pool or hot tub. While playing with these toys in the pool may seem harmless, these objects always end up damaging our filters and pool pump. As a result, we now check our filters and pool pump after EVERY guest’s departure. If we find foreign objects in our pool systems, you will be charged $100 or more to remove and/or repair any damages.
  • Be Eco-Friendly: Turn off all TVs and lights when not in use.

Nuisance Avoidance

  • Close Doors and Windows: Keep ALL external doors closed at all times to prevent unwanted pests from coming inside. Florida is a tropical state with many large flying bugs & beetles, particularly the Asian cockroach and Palmetto Bug (a.k.a. the American cockroach). Both of these species are outdoor roaches and are strong fliers. They tend to follow you into the home because they are attracted to the light. While this home is maintained by a professional pest control service every month, please keep the house bug-free and cooled by closing doors and windows.
  • Clean Kitchen: Clean dishes, kitchen counters, and dining tables after every meal and keep all food in sealed containers or refrigerators to avoid pests (e.g. cockroaches, ants, and rodents).
  • Be Respectful: This home is in a residential neighborhood with permanent residents, so your excessive noise and music will disturb your neighbors. Please keep your noise levels respectful and observe quiet hours outdoors from 10 P.M. CST to 8 A.M. CST.

Unforeseen Circumstances

  • Utility Disruptions: Electricity, internet, and/or cable services may get interrupted from time to time. These disruptions are rare and services usually resume after a couple of hours.
  • Hurricanes & Storms: The Emerald Coast of Florida has a widely known hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30 every year. NO refunds will be given due to weather conditions. Please plan accordingly and purchase traveler’s insurance, as you deem necessary.

Conditions for Extra Fees

In the event that the unit is found in any of the following conditions upon your departure, you will be charged extra deep cleaning fees and/or replacement costs. 

  • The unit is left extremely dirty with trash, unwashed dishes, cigarette butts/pet waste littered on decks or grounds, etc. An extra cleaning fee of $250 shall be charged.
  • The unit is left trashed due to abusive use and/or having an unapproved event or large party on-premises. A deep cleaning fee of $500 shall be charged.
  • The unit and/or furniture show evidence of unpermitted indoor smoking. A deep cleaning fee of $500 shall be charged.
  • Furniture, appliances, and/or home goods are left in damaged condition or destroyed due to misuse and/or abusive use. Home goods may include but are not limited to, dining ware, cookware, linens, and towels. Repair or replacement costs shall be charged.

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