Sea Turtle Protection Project
In 2018, the Town began implementing steps to protect sea turtles. Phase I has been implemented and 6 turtle friendly lights were installed at locations that ranked highest for hatching misorientations. These lights are being fitted with shields to complete this phase . Phase II includes installing an additional 6 turtle friendly lights. Staff is conducting research to see if a lower lumen light can be used or dimmable lights. The new street lights will also be shielded. The Town also acquired a $50,000 grant to address the rest of the street lights along the beachfront.
In the short term, streetlights that were replaced after the storm without shields will be immediately shielded. Staff are also contacting homeowners with homes that have unshielded visible lights in parking areas or on walkways.