Saturday, May 24, 2008

Beachside Lighting Regulations

There were a couple of turtle-related stories in today's Florida Today, both with some useful information. One talked about beachside lighting regulations: "Brevard and beachside cities require all lights visible from the beach be shielded, repositioned, replaced or turned off after 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. The lighting ordinances are in effect from May 1 until Oct. 31, the end of nesting season. Artificial lights can frighten adult nesting female turtles, possibly causing them to abandon their nesting attempt. Hatchlings can be disoriented and drawn to the brighter artificial light rather than the light reflected off the ocean, causing them to fall prey to predators or die from exhaustion." The link to that story is

The other story discussed the declining loggerhead population and efforts to have the loggerheads that nest along Florida beaches listed as a group separate from the rest of the loggerheads worldwide and to be officially ranked as endangered. Some interesting information in the story, and if you missed it, you can read it at

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