40% of all sea turtle hatchlings in Ft. Lauderdale go towards city lights instead of the sea, and are often killed in streets, driveways or go down storm drains just minutes after hatching. In 2012, STOP documented over 20,000 disoriented hatchlings in Broward County caused by improper coastal lighting!
STOP was formed 7 years ago to rescue hatchlings as an emergency measure to allow each municipality some time to fix lighting problems to comply with coastal lighting ordinances, not as a permanent solution and not so they could relax the ordinances further which will knowingly increase deaths of protected endangered species.
The work STOP volunteers do each night on the beach from dusk until dawn is unsustainable and very draining, both physically and emotionally. We do it because we know right from wrong. For the City to allow thousands of endangered sea turtle hatchlings to become disoriented by artificial lighting and be run over in the streets is wrong.
While Ft. Lauderdale has made some improvements, we encourage you to keep it up and not go backwards! By Federal and State law, you must protect this ancient nesting habitat which we share with our endangered species neighbors. Correct and safe lighting for people and sea turtles is very achievable and has long been accomplished successfully in many coastal communities throughout Florida
Sea turtle friendly lighting is people friendly lighting...
Sea Turtle Oversight Protection Inc
This petition closed almost 3 years ago
40% of sea turtle hatchlings in Ft. Lauderdale go towards city lights instead of the sea. Speak up if you agree that to knowingly allow the killing of sea turtle hatchlings is wrong. Demand that...
40% of sea turtle hatchlings in Ft. Lauderdale go towards city lights instead of the sea. Speak up if you agree that to knowingly allow the killing of sea turtle hatchlings is wrong. Demand that Ft. Lauderdale begin to enforce it's 9 year old lighting ordinance and not weaken it as proposed, which is against Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission recommended guidelines.
We apologize in advance for the graphic nature of the video. It is impossible to understand the gravity of this issue without seeing what is happening first hand. If the City of Ft. Lauderdale is allowed to weaken their ordinance as proposed, you can expect to see many more like this.
Check out our 2012 interactive map of 20,000+ Broward sea turtle hatchling disorientations. http://seaturtleop.org/map2012