Beachfront Lighting: Education, Outreach and Materials

Traveling educational displays

With funding from the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy created four 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?

-Calusa Nature Center, Lee County
-Cocoa Beach Public Library, Brevard County

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 casie@conserveturtles.org.

Lighting workshops for code enforcement personnel

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.

***UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus, STC has transitioned its lighting workshops to free online webinars. If you would like to request a webinar for code enforcement personnel in your area or RSVP to the following workshops, email emily@conserveturtles.org***

Below are upcoming 2021 online workshops:

August 26, 2021
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties

September 2021
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monroe County

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

Lighting Workshops for Real Estate Professionals

Stakeholders from across the state of Florida have recognized the need to educate coastal real estate agents about local lighting ordinances and the benefit of turtle friendly lighting. If a family is considering moving to Florida from out of state, a real estate agent may be the first person that they will interact with. STC believes real estate agents have a responsibility to educate potential buyers about sea turtle nesting and the restrictions that coastal properties must follow.

In an effort to educate this important audience, STC hosted its first sea turtle lighting workshop for real estate professionals in 2021. The presentation focuses on what sea turtle lighting is, informs attendees about local lighting regulations, and encourages them to work with their clients to adopt the use of turtle friendly lighting during the buying process.

Below are upcoming 2021 online workshops:

September 2021
Time TBD
Duval, St. John’s, and Volusia Counties

To request a real estate workshop for your area or to RSVP, email casie@conserveturtles.org.

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.