Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Sea Turtle Lighting Workshop

Sea Turtle Weekly Update

Photos by Maria Lamb | Sea Turtle Monitors Yesi Olvera and Kath Ebaugh doing their morning nests inspection of Sand Dollar Island.


Trash picked up on Sunday morning on the Gulf-side of the South Seas.

Beachfront property owners are encouraged to attend the Sea Turtle Lighting Protection Workshop on September 16th, at 9 AM – 11 AMto be held at the City’s Community Roomsame room for City Council meetings. The Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee (BACR) will be reviewing the Draft Sea Turtle Ordinance. The workshop will offer an opportunity for the public to provide their comments. The draft will be posted on the BACR website for your review. Inperson public comments will start at 9:30 AM, but if you are unable to attend and would like to provide comments, please provide your review and comments directly to Tonia Selmeski at tselmeski@cityofmarcoisland.com. 

The draft of the revised Sea Turtle Lighting Protection Ordinance was emailed to all beachfront property owners last week. If you did not receive your copy, please email Tonia Selmeski at tselmeski@cityofmarcoisland.com.  

The revised draft will address the definition of terms, nesting areas, general guidelines relating to lighting of outdoor, parking, pool areas, dune walkovers and construction activities taking place on or adjacent to the beach during sea turtle season.  

The document also will address exterior lighting affixed to new structuresnew constructionsimprovements to existing structures and that all artificial lighting be longwavelength downward directed, full cutoff, shielded and mounted close to the ground. There will also be guidelines on prohibited activities that disrupt nesting sea turtles, public educationmonitoring, weekly inspection and a section for enforcement and penalties. 

During the months of May-October, our beaches are an important seasonal nesting habitat for the sea turtles. Artificial lighting near nesting sea turtle habitat is the leading threat to sea turtle survival, affecting both females and hatchlings.

 

 


 

This area along the vegetation line has become a common trash depository area for day-trippers.


 

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