Beachfront property owners are encouraged to attend the Sea Turtle Lighting Protection Workshop on September 16th, at 9 AM – 11 AM, to be held at the City’s Community Room—same 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. In–person 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 structures, new constructions, improvements to existing structures and that all artificial lighting be long–wavelength 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 education, monitoring, 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.