Beachfront Lighting: Education, Outreach and Materials

travelingdisplay

Each traveling display is three-sided with a different “good lighting practice” highlighted on each side.

Traveling educational displays

With funding from the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy created 4 traveling  displays to educate residents and visitors about sea turtle lighting. Each side of the display explains one of the three golden rules to turtle friendly lighting and contains examples of real sea turtle friendly fixtures. The display also comes with a TV screen equipped with an interactive video for visitors to watch.

Where are the displays now?

STC is in the process of refurbishing our lighting displays. The displays will be available to be rented in early 2020.

How can an organization borrow a display?

Organizations can borrow the lighting displays for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 1 year. If you would like to borrow a display or would like more information, please email cypres@conserveturtles.org.

 

Lighting workshops for code enforcement personnel

Lighting Project Manager Rachel Tighe presents STC’s lighting workshop in Brevard Count

STC has developed a lighting workshop program for city and county code enforcement and planning professionals. This workshop informs code enforcement personnel about how artificial light impacts turtles, the current ordinances and regulations on beachfront lighting, and how to recognize poor beachfront lighting. This particular audience is important because it has the authority to enforce the laws that are already in place, so educating them about sea turtle biology and lighting techniques is especially important.

The workshop consists of three 45-minute sections in a classroom and an interactive exercise that requires attendees to use their newfound sea turtle lighting knowledge in a practical way.

Upcoming 2019 workshop information is below. 

 

November 13, 2019 (1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Coronado Civic Center
150 N Pine St.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

 

Redington Shores Town Hall Meeting: STC’s Beachfront Lighting Retrofit Program Q&A

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Redington Shores Town Hall
17425 Gulf Boulevard
Redington Shores, FL 33708

The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) lighting staff is hosting a Q & A regarding our Lighting Retrofit program. This meeting is being hosted for interested local Redington Shores homeowners, HOA’s, property management companies, as well as condo associations.

STC is offering funding to beachfront properties in your area to reduce the negative impact of lights on sea turtles. Through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, STC is providing money to private property owners willing to convert problematic light fixtures and bulbs to sea turtle friendly alternatives. We design free cost-effective lighting plans utilizing the best available technology that meet the safety needs of owners and guests, while ensuring sea turtle lighting compliance with existing lighting ordinances in your area.

 

If you have  questions about the workshops, please email:
Emily Asp (emily@conserveturtles.org)

 

Online Sea Turtle Lighting Workshop

STC recognizes that not all code enforcement officers and building professionals can attend our in-person sea turtle lighting workshops. After listening to requests from code enforcement officers across the state of Florida, STC has developed a condensed, online version of the lighting workshop, which can be found on our YouTube channel. Here are the three sections:

Part 1: Sea Turtle Biology
Part 2: The Laws Surrounding Sea Turtles and Lights
Part 3: The Best Practices for Managing Artificial Light

 

Educational Materials

Click on the images below to download a flyer about beach flashlights, a brochure about STC’s lighting program, a guide about sea turtle friendly fixtures and bulbs, or a general brochure about the problem of sea turtles and artificial light.

                             

If you live in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota,  Charlotte, Lee or Collier counties and are interested in retrofitting your beachfront property, call STC at 352-373-6441.