FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- During Wednesday morning's safety meeting, residents voiced concern of brighter street lights along Estero Boulevard. But more light puts turtles in danger during turtle season. The Fort Myers Beach Safety Committee has dedicated their efforts to finding a solution for both.
It's pedestrians safety versus turtle safety.
"The concern was that the light was turned off during turtle season and it's an area that had a school bus stop, two trolley stops, and beach access," said Bruce Butcher, Chairman of the Safety Committee.
The light in question is at Bayland Road and Estero Boulevard, during turtle season that area becomes dark.
"We have to be innovative in finding some lighting solutions that will allow lights to be on throughout the year and will make the streets safer for pedestrians," said Butcher."
They are looking to add a shield around the light so it can't be seen from the beach. Here's video showing new lights added to Estero Boulevard with the shield- making them turtle friendly
"We are asking for that light study to be done to see how much light we are getting on that crosswalk with the turtle shielding on the light," explained Butcher.
A spokesperson with Turtle Time says the ordinance states that no light maybe visible on the beach or cast a shadow from the beach.