Beachfront lighting information


A sea turtle hatchling makes its way to the ocean.

Bright lights can disorient and confuse sea turtles on the beach. On a natural beach, females choose dark beaches lit only by the moonlight to lay their nests. As hatchlings emerge from their nests, they orient themselves toward the water using the dark silhouette of the natural sand dunes behind them and the openness of the lighter horizon over the water in front of them.

To help protect turtles from bright lights, Volusia County developed a Beach Lighting Management Plan and is working with oceanfront property owners to reduce lighting problems along our beaches.  The lighting ordinance applies during sea turtle nesting season which runs May 1 - Oct. 31.  Please review the documents and information provided below and contact our staff if you have any questions about beachfront lighting and sea turtles.

Beach Lighting Management Plan  [PDF]

Volusia County Lighting Ordinance  [PDF]

Sea Turtle Lighting Acknowledgment Form  [PDF]

Consumer Advisory for new doors and windows  [PDF]

Lighting tips and contacts  [PDF]

Reducing artificial lights for sea turtles [PDF]

Technical reports  [PDF]

Coastal Roadway Lighting Manual  [PDF]


To request a copy of this PSA email jwinters@volusia.org


 

Jennifer Winters
HCP Program Manager
jwinters@volusia.org
386-238-4668

Becki O'Keefe
Sea Turtle Program
Field Manager
bokeefe@volusia.org
386-238-4716

Christina Phillips
Sea Turtle Lighting Specialist
csphillips@volusia.org
386-238-4773

Toll free landlines
when calling from:

West Volusia
386-736-5927

Daytona Beach
386-254-4612

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3303
 

For stranded sea turtles during business hours call Beach Safety and option 0 for operator:
386-239-6414

For stranded sea turtles during nights and weekends call Sheriff's dispatch and option 1 for operator:
386-248-1777

For any other stranding call FWC:
1-888-404-3922