Sea Turtle Lighting
In order to combat excess artificial lighting pollution along the beaches of Florida, Escambia County modified its Land Use Plan in 2014 to initiate the Escambia County Beach Lighting Management Plan. The Escambia County Sea Turtle Conservation program conducts beach lighting surveys at night, starting from March through September in order to list and track lighted properties by street address. These surveys include type of visibility (direct or indirect), location of lights on property and photo documentation of lights. All property lights visible from the beach are documented and provided to respective code enforcement officers.
Artificial lighting is currently one of the most prominent threats to sea turtles’ existence. In the future, light pollution could increasingly affect nesting sea turtles and hatchlings, unless a greater effort is exerted by local communities. As the coastline of Florida will continue to develop, it is important for everyone to make these minor changes in order to reduce human impact on the natural environment.
Lights out to protect baby sea turtles