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Posted on: May 6, 2022

All invited to Sea Turtle Lighting Expo on Friday, May 27

photo of baby sea turtle on beach with words "SEA TURTLE LIGHTING EXPO"

Oceanfront property owners can learn how to safely illuminate their properties without endangering nesting sea turtles and hatchlings during a free Sea Turtle Lighting Expo from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Shores Community Center.

Staff from Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division, along with other industry experts, will educate residents about sea turtles, the county’s lighting ordinance and appropriate beachside lighting methods.

Local businesses and manufacturers will display their sea turtle friendly products, which include lighting fixtures, shields, tinting and window treatments. Vendors will include Florida Power & Light, SESCO Lighting, Florida Lighting Associates, Blue Square, Lighting Aesthetics and SELS Solar.

Agencies and nonprofits that support environmentally friendly initiatives will also be on site. They include the Volusia Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan, Volunteer Volusia, Marine Science Center, Sea Turtle Conservancy, New Smyrna Beach Turtle Trackers, Volusia Turtle Patrol, Coastal Connections and others.

Scheduled presentations include:

1:30-2:15 p.m. - "Volusia County's Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance" by Volusia County Habitat Conservation Plan

2:30-3:15 p.m. - "Sea Turtle Friendly Certified: A Hospitality Program Engaging and Creating Eco-Minded Travelers" by Coastal Connections

3:30-4:15 p.m. - "Volusia County's Habitat Conservation Plan Overview" by Volusia County Habitat Conservation Plan

4:30-5:30 p.m. - "Turtle Friendly Lighting: A Win for Turtles and Humans" by Sea Turtle Conservancy

4:30-5:30 p.m. - "Bridging the Gap: Understanding Wildlife Sensitive Solutions" by SESCO Lighting (NOTE: Public will be able to attend both presentations in the 4:30-5:30 p.m. timeslot.)

5:45-6:30 p.m. - "Volusia County's Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance" by Volusia County Habitat Conservation Plan

Oceanfront property owners and managers, contractors, hospitality staff and others are encouraged to attend. For more information about the expo or the county’s sea turtle program, call 386-238-4773 or email nweiss@volusia.org.

This event is sponsored by Volusia County in partnership with the City of Daytona Beach Shores.

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