Sea Turtle Protection Project


Meet with Dominion
Completed: Sep 18, 2019
Sep 18 2019
Determine best lumineer
Completed: Mar 24, 2020
Oct 31 2019
Correct Issues with 6 lights installed
Completed: Mar 24, 2020
Nov 30 2019
Order Protect Sea Turtle Magnets
Completed: Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25 2019
Dominion Agreement
Completed: Oct 8, 2020
Oct 8 2020
US Dept of Interior Fish and Wildlife Grant
Completed: Apr 8, 2020
Apr 8 2020
Install Fixtures and lights
Completed: Apr 19, 2021
Dec 31 2020
Finalize Project/Obtain Grant Funds
Completed: Dec 31, 2021
Dec 31 2021

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.  Although the new street lights were changed to provide more protection to sea turtles, they did not resolve issues with misorientations of sea turtles. 

Before installing additional fixtures along the beachfront, the Town tested several fixtures to determine if they reduced misorientations.  After the testing phase was completed, a fixture was selected and the Town negotiated an agreement with Dominion for the next phase which includes installing 47 dimmable turtle friendly streetlights.  

In April 2020, the Town  acquired a $50,000 US Fish and Wildlife Service grant titled "Edisto Beach Sea Turtle Lighting Project".  This grant will  offset a portion of the costs associated with the new turtle friendly streetlights.  

Staff also contacted homeowners with homes that have unshielded visible lights in parking areas  or on walkways. The Town has ordered magnets to educate the public regarding sea turtle protection. 

Patrick Brown, Project Manager

Dominion  Energy

US Fish and Wildlife Service


Dominion Agreement
Dominion Agreement Turtle Friendly Lights 2020

Project Updates

Lighting Update
Friday, April 9, 2021

Dominion is scheduled to begin installation of the sea turtle friendly lights along Palmetto Boulevard and Point Street  April 19, 2021.

Turtle Friendly Lights Status
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The lights have been partially delivered to Dominion.  The remaining have components that were slightly delayed.  The current estimated arrival for installation if the second full week in April. 

Dominion Agreement Approved
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Town Council approved entering into an agreement with Dominion Energy to install turtle friendly streetlights along Palmetto Boulevard.  The grant will pay a portion of the costs for a period of 10 years.  This improvement will result in a $189 increase in streetlight costs per month.  

Lights Ordered
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

After reviewing the samples installed, new fixtures have been ordered. 

Installation of Sample Light Fixtures
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dominion installed the sample turtle friendly fixtures on June 15, 2020.  They are being evaluated to see if they cause negative impacts to nesting or hatching sea turtles. 

Project Update
Friday, May 1, 2020

The Town is working with Dominion to have several different samples of lights installed to determine which will provide the best protection against sea turtle misorientations before replacing a majority of the lights. COVID 19 has delayed the implementation of this process.