Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins in May

Lights out for Sea Turtle Nesting Season begins May 1st and now is the time for property owners and businesses along the coast to make sure they are in compliance with the county and city lighting ordinances. Lighting restrictions are in effect from May 1st through October 31st. According to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, during this time, no artificial lighting sources can be visible from or illuminate the beach at night. Artificial lights can discourage female turtles from nesting on the beach and can cause hatchlings to become disoriented.

Beach goers are also requested not to dig holes in the sand above the high tide line. Digging can destroy nests and trap nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. Any holes dug below the high tide line should be filled in before leaving the beach.

For questions or more information, call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at 321-676-1701 or email

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