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SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON
Coastal Property Owners Encouraged to Check Lighting

Lights out for Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1st and now is the time for property owners and businesses along the coast to make sure they are in compliance with the County and city lighting ordinances. Lighting restrictions are in effect from May 1st through October 31st. During this time, no artificial lighting sources can be visible from or illuminate the beach at night.

Artificial lights can discourage female turtles from nesting on the beach and can cause hatchlings to become disoriented. Due to past compliance Brevard County has had very few instances, regarding the above.

Property owners along the coast should make sure their light fixtures are positioned, shielded or modified so the light source and any reflective surfaces of the fixture are not visible by someone standing on the beach, according to the various ordinances. It also is important to eliminate the effect of interior lights shining through doors and windows onto the beach.

There are several way to reduce the amount of light coming from inside a home or business to include moving lamps and other movable fixtures away from windows, using blinds and curtains, turning off unnecessary lights, and applying window tint. Property owners also should recheck their lighting - even if they were in compliance last year. Sometimes the topography of the beach has changed and lights that were in compliance before may not be in compliance now.

Beach goers are also requested not to dig hole in the sand above the high tide line. Digging can destroy nests and trap nest sea turtles and hatchlings. Any holes dug below high tide line should be filled in before leaving the beach.

It is important to note that the Brevard County coast is the largest nesting area in the United States for both Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles. If you have questions please feel call STPS at 321-676-1701 or e-mail us at er@seaturtlespacecoast.org.

STPS reaches thousands of people each year through public presentations, exhibits at area events, and by turtle watches during the sea turtle nesting season. The society's goal is to help maintain the current sea turtle population and to prevent a potentially irreversible decline in that population.

Public Service Announcement brought to you by examiner.com and our friends at the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

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