Learn More About Sea Turtles And Code Ordinances

Every year, May 1st  through October 31st, sea turtles come ashore at area beaches to make nests and deposit their eggs, in a life cycle as old as time. About sixty days later, their hatchlings emerge to begin another life cycle. They head towards light sources (before mankind discovered oceanfront living these light sources would have been the moon and the stars reflecting off the water) in order to make their way to the sea. Today, many hatchlings instead head further inland to their deaths; confused by the lights of beachfront homes and condominiums. Requirements for new construction have been put into place for the preservation of this “endangered” species. Buildings with “direct line of sight” to the beach necessitates windows with a visible light transmission (VLT) of 15% or less. For those residents who own existing homes, rather than pay the high expense for new windows with tinted glass, we install window films that comply with the light transmission requirements. Learn more about sea turtles by visiting the Sea Turtle Conservancy website at conserveturtles.org

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Protecting wildlife with marine turtle protection ordinances

Sea turtles are vital to the ecosystem of Southwest Florida. To protect hem, the Florida Department of Natural Resources adopted the Model Lighting Ordinance for Marine Turtle Protection in March 1993 which required local municipalities to develop guidelines for controlling beachfront lighting and protecting the habitat of marine turtles. The law applies to three dozen coastal counties, including Sarasota county, and covers specifics such as the positioning of exterior fixtures, use of exterior light such as flood lights or spotlights, building campfires or bonfires, prohibiting vehicles on the beach at night, using flash photography, and light that emanates from residences and businesses. Click here to learn more about what the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends regarding lighting. We are partnered with Synergy Lighting to bring better lighting solutions that are in compliance, visit their website at synergylightingusa.com

How does the law affect your business?

There are five species of sea turtles found in florida waters; all of these species are protected under the Federal Endangered Species act of 1973 and the florida Marine Turtle Protection Act (379.2431 Florida Statutes). Loggerheads are the predominant species of sea turtles visiting the beaches of Southwest Florida.

If you manage a hotel or own a home on our beaches, both interior and exterior lights must not be visible. This can be accomplished a number of ways:

  • Factory tinted windows

  • Sea turtle friendly lighting

  • Screens

  • Window films

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