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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Residential Lighting near our beaches during Sea Turtle Nesting season

The following information is being provided in an effort to increase awareness to our community with regards to residential lighting near our beaches during Sea Turtle Nesting season.  Sea Turtle Nesting season started on May 1, 2022 and will continue through October 31, 2022.  

The following guidelines were obtained from the Florida Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Commission and they provide general information for all property owners living adjacent to Sea Turtle Nesting beaches, but they are specifically designed to help property owners required to avoid and minimize lighting impacts to Sea Turtles as part of the State permitting programs, such as Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) permits and Environmental Resource Permits (ERP).  

Here are the three (3) “Golden Rules” of Beachfront Lighting: 

Keep it LOW

  • Fixtures must be mounted as low as possible and still be appropriate for the needed purpose.
  • Bulb must produce the lowest wattage/lumens necessary for the needed purpose.

 Keep it LONG

  • Lamp/Bulb must produce only long wavelength light (560 nm or greater, which is amber, orange, or red)

 Keep it SHIELDED

  • Fixture must be completely downward-directed.
  • Fixture must be able to shield the bulb, lamp, or glowing lens from the beach.

 

For additional information about Sea Turtle Nesting season and lighting, please visit; https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/sea-turtle/lighting/ 

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