Friday, December 4, 2020

Sea Turtle Weekly Update: Keeping it Dark for Hatchlings


Photos by Maria Lamb | Violators are subject to fines and imprisonment for disturbing a sea turtle nest.

It is peak hatch for sea turtle hatchlings in Marco—please follow the three golden rules for beachfront property owners.

“Low-Shielded-Long”

All three must be used in combination to be effective, as they are all equally important! Keeping fixtures mounted Low and bulbs must produce the lowest wattage/lumen. Keep fixtures Shielded and downward directed. Use lamp/bulbs that produce only Long wavelength bulbs (amber, orange, or red).

Below is a list of the sea turtle lighting violation cases that came before the Code Enforcement magistrate on July 28th. For each case, the City requested a $500 fine and $50 administrative fee. 

Six of the cases listed below received $500 fine and $50 administrative fee while the Tradewinds with three violations received a fine of $250 plus $50 administrative fee for each. Total Fine imposed: $4,200

  • City of Marco Island vs. South Seas West Condo Assoc Tower I—Case # 20-1021 – 260 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection 
  • City of Marco Island vs. South Seas West Condo Assoc Tower II—Case # 20-1020 – 320 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection 
  • City of Marco Island vs. South Seas Northwest Condominium Tower III—Case # 20-1034 – 380 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection 
  • City of Marco Island vs. Admiralty House—Case # 20-1033 – 140 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection 
  • City of Marco Island vs. Tradewinds Condo Assoc—Case # 20-1030 – 180 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection 
  • City of Marco Island vs. Tradewinds Condo Assoc—Case # 20-1029 – 180 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection 
  • City of Marco Island vs. Tradewinds Condo Assoc—Case # 20-1028 – 180 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection
  • City of Marco Island vs. Crescent Beach Condo Assoc—Case # 20-1026 – 100 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection 
  • City of Marco Island vs. South Seas Tower IV—Case # 20-1023 – 440 Seaview Ct, 

Kudos: Apollo Condominiums located at 900 S. Collier and managed by Island Oasis Property for providing guests at check-in a bilingual (English & Spanish) information on Sea Turtles.

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