Welcome to Mighty Tortuga, your “home away from home” during your Panama City Beach getaway! As you know, this is our personal home and not a hotel. So please treat it as you would staying at a friend’s or relative’s house. By following these simple Mighty Tortuga House Rules, you’ll surely have a comfortable and amazing stay at our beach house!
Check out our Mighty Tortuga House Rules below:
Only the guests registered for your booking can be on the premises during your stay. At most 22 people, including children and day visitors, may use the house at any given time. In addition, we will charge $100 per guest per day for all guests above the maximum capacity.
No illegal activities allowed on the premises.
No drugs and fireworks 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. We will also charge an extra cleaning fee if you leave butts in the yards or the driveway.
Mighty Tortuga House Policy on Use of Property
House Appliances + Features: Use all appliances and house features only as intended. Any evidence of damage and/or destruction from misuse or abuse will result in repair/replacement costs.
Linens and Towels: Please DO NOT use the white towels for the pool or hot tub, on the floors, to wipe spills, to remove make-up, and/or for dyeing 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.
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, and wet wipes.
No Garbage Disposal: Use the sink strainers when washing dishes. Dispose of all food scraps into the trash because there is NO garbage disposal.
BBQ Grill: After using the gas grill to cook, remove any food pieces to reset it for next use.
Trash Pick Up: Throw your garbage into the trash cans on the driveway in front of the house. 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 undergoes weekly cleaning and maintenance. 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 and/or any sharp/small objects into the pool. We prohibit the use of glass dinnerware and/or drinkware in the pool area. Rinse off before using the pool.
Pool Alarm: Per City code, each 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 available for use only during the cold winter months of November to 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. Kindly note also 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. 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, we will have to charge you at least $100 to remove and/or repair any damages.
Energy Use: Turn off all TVs and lights when not in use.
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 and beetles, particularly the Asian cockroach and the Palmetto Bug (a.k.a. the American cockroach). Both of these species are outdoor roaches and strong fliers. They tend to follow you into the home because they are attracted to the light. This home undergoes professional pest control maintenance every month. However, 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. Keep all food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator to get rid of pests (e.g. cockroaches, ants, and rodents).
Be Respectful: This home is located in a residential neighborhood with permanent residents. Hence, 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.
Utility Disruptions: Storms may cause electricity, internet, and/or cable service interruptions. However, 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, running from June 1 to November 30 every year. We will not give refunds for travel cancellations due to weather conditions. Please plan accordingly, and avail traveler’s insurance, as you deem necessary.
Mighty Tortuga House Rules on Repair and Replacement Charges
In case the unit is in any of the following conditions upon your departure, you will pay extra charges. These should cover the extra deep-cleaning fees and/or replacement costs.
The unit is extremely dirty with trash, unwashed dishes, cigarette butts, and/or pet waste littered on decks or grounds, etc. This will cost an extra cleaning fee of at least $250.
The unit is trashed due to abusive use and/or having an unapproved event or large party. We will charge at least $500 for the deep-cleaning fee.
The unit and/or furniture show evidence of unpermitted indoor smoking. We will charge a deep-cleaning fee of at least $500.
Furniture, appliances, and/or home goods are left damaged or destroyed due to misuse and/or abusive use. Home goods may include, but are not limited to, dinnerware, cookware, linens, and towels. We will charge fees for the repair or replacement costs.
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