The 2021 sea turtle nesting season on Florida’s Atlantic coast is upon us once again!
So from March 1 through Oct. 31, all indoor and outdoor lights visible from the beach must be shielded, repositioned, replaced, or turned off from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Bright beach lights, flashlights, flash cameras, video recorders, and most types of artificial lighting aren’t allowed. The guidelines for staying in compliance can be overwhelming and complex.
Disturbing a sea turtle, its nests, or hatchlings is illegal
Those who violate local marine turtle lighting ordinances face fines of up to $500 and six months in county jail. Harold Salkin of Custom Lighting points out that these can be serious fines. Last year Marco Island Florida issued thousands in fines to several condominiums that were out of compliance. A simple consultation with lighting experts prior to sea turtle season could have kept them out of serious trouble.
Palm Beach County has more sea turtle nests per mile than anywhere else in the United States! Approximately 2,000,000 sea turtles hatch on our beaches every year.
This doesn’t mean you have to stay in the dark
There are innovative ways to light up your outdoor areas while maintaining compliance. Custom Lighting of America is your South Florida sea turtle lighting compliance expert, and has been helping oceanfront homeowners, condominiums, restaurants and other commercial properties navigate sea turtle lighting issues for decades with the latest fixtures and lighting technology.
Light Up Your Life!
If you own an oceanfront property, have questions or are confused, don’t take any chances. Light up your life and get answers when you call on the experts at Custom Lighting of America. (561) 204-3000.
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