Please be reminded that March 1st through October 31st is sea turtle nesting season.
The State of Florida and the Town of Highland Beach, have implemented laws and ordinances to protect the sea turtles and help regrow their population. One prevention step is to limit the amount and type of artificial light exposed to the beach shore at night. All condominiums, single-family homes and commercial properties in the Town of Highland Beach are required to have “Turtle Safe” lighting installed at all points visible from the beach. This will minimize confusion for the young hatchlings so they can safely make their way out to the sea.
Please be aware it is illegal to harass, harm or kill any turtle or it’s eggs or nest. Research centers like the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton identify new turtle nests during the season and protect the area so that the nests are not unintentionally destroyed by beachgoers or maintenance vehicles. If you are aware of a turtle nest which has not been identified or barriers that have been compromised, or if you have found a sick or injured turtle, you can call the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 1-888-404-FWCC or Barbara Blanid James, Town of Highland Beach Sea Turtle Permit Holder at 561-289-1109.
If you have questions about Turtle lighting, nest protection or any other concern about our beaches please call the Town of Highland Beach Code Compliance Department at 561-278-4540.