To: Residents living along the beach in Atlantic Beach
RE: Sea turtle protection
The City of Atlantic Beach continues to request your help in protecting sea turtles, as scientific studies conclude that certain types of artificial lighting have a detrimental effect on these beloved and protected animals. Our beaches, in particular, serve as critical sea turtle nesting grounds.
During the May 1-Oct. 31 nesting season, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of not only the females that come ashore to lay their eggs, but also their nests and hatchlings. Most of you know this all too well, already; we are very grateful for your continued conservation stewardship.
On May 1, 2018, the City of Atlantic Beach began regulating artificial lighting emitted from oceanfront houses and businesses. Turning out lights or closing curtains and shades in buildings along the beach after dark helps ensure that nesting turtles are not disturbed. Also, bright artificial lighting can misdirect and disturb nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings, so beachgoers should avoid using flashlights or cellphones at night.
Here are general guidelines for beachfront residents to keep the beach as dark during the nesting season:
For more information and examples of sea turtle-friendly lighting, visit www.conserveturtles.org. For information on local sea turtle nesting, contact the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol at (904) 613-6081 or visit www.bstp.net.
Shane Corbin, City Manager