Sea Turtle Ordinance

On September 6, 2006, the City Commission adopted ordinance No.2006-3525 mandating the restriction of artificial lighting during nesting season. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your property has been found to be non-compliant as per Chapter 46 Article V of the City Code, which restricts artificial lighting and other activities that disorient nesting turtles and hatchlings. Furthermore, Section 46-204 of the ordinance states that violations to the lighting provisions of the Turtle Nesting Protection Article shall constitute an offense enforceable pursuant to the enforcement provisions of Sections 1-14 and Chapter 30 of the City Code. Thus, we are hereby advising that you take corrective action. The goal of the sea turtle nesting protection is compliance, preferably voluntary.

We encourage property owners and visitors to turn off all unnecessary lighting. We also recommend the installation of tinted glass or shades on all windows and glass doors facing or within line-of-sight from the beach. Any light fixtures located on the exterior of the property can also be modified or replaced to decrease disorientation and improve nesting habits through the installation of indirect low profile lighting fixtures and bulbs. Existing fixtures can also be shielded or repositioned so that the point source of the light or any reflective surface is no longer visible from the beach. To obtain more information on sea turtle lighting please visit:

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2006-3525 Ordinance
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