Walton County will host a Wildlife Friendly Lighting Workshop at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the District 5 Commissioner/South Walton Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach.
Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss different lights and fixtures that are appropriate for wildlife friendly lighting compliance. Property owners within the Wildlife Conservation Zone are responsible for ensuring that all exterior lighting along the beach does not directly or indirectly illuminate the beach.
Participants will learn about threatened and endangered sea turtles that nest in Walton County and see how different types of lights affect the turtles. In addition, the workshop will include examples of different lights appropriate for beachfront development and how property owners and managers can change or install the lights.
This event is also intended to inform and answer questions about Wildlife Lighting Ordinance No. 2009-03 now in effect in Walton County. Wildlife lighting certification exams will be available.
This workshop is open to the public, tourism professionals, beachside property managers and their staff, contractors, residents and visitors. All are encouraged to attend.