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Lights Out for turtle nesting season begins Wednesday in Palm Beach

Posted On: 02-27-2017

Starting Wednesday, oceanfront property owners are being asked by the Town Council to shield or redirect lights shining on the beach to help protect hatching sea turtles.

Oceanfront properties must turn off, shield or redirect lights that illuminate the beach or ocean until Oct. 31 in accordance with the town’s “Lights Out for Sea Turtles” ordinance.

After hatching, sea turtles use the light of the moon to guide them to the ocean. Other lights can distract the newborn sea turtles and cause them to move inland.

Florida is home to five species of nesting sea turtles, all of which are endangered or threatened. Hatchlings that come inland face numerous threats, including cars, predators, dehydration and getting trapped in swimming pools.

Sea turtles already have been found hatching on Palm Beach ahead of the official start of the season. In late January hatchlings were found on Midtown Beach.

Lights of alternate colors can also be used instead of shielding or turning them off. Red, orange, amber or low pressure sodium LED bulbs may not be a threat to sea turtles. Before using these alternative lights, contact Code Enforcement Manager Benjamin Alma at (561) 227-7080 to ensure the new lights comply with the ordinance.



Source: Joseph Setinsek, February 27, 2017, Palm Beach Daily News

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