What are the lighting regulations on the beach to protect the sea turtle nesting?

Artificial lights on the beach such as from flashlights, and lighting from nearby developments, can be very dangerous for sea turtles. Lighting and sea turtle protection is regulated by the Environmental Resources Management division of Palm Beach County. Please visit their website or call 561-233-2400 to learn more about this topic including permitting requirements, sea turtle facts, and how to find sites to go on an approved sea turtle walk with a licensed guide. One of the guiding factors of the Town’s seagrape trimming permit is the sea turtle nesting season, where trimming is limited during the season in order to allow the seagrapes to grow and shield the beach from nearby artificial light sources.

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1. Can I remove trees or vegetation in a residential neighborhood?
2. Can I remove mangroves?
3. I want to trim mangroves on my property. Do I need to hire a Professional Mangrove Trimmer, or can I trim the mangroves?
4. I want to hire a tree/landscape company - Do you have anyone you can recommend?
5. I want to hire a tree/landscape business. Are they registered with the town?
6. Who do I contact if I have a question about trees or landscape in the medians or along the Right Of Way?
7. My neighbors tree branches, roots, shrubs, or yard clippings are coming into my yard - can the town do something about this?
8. If a tree/landscape is on my property line we don't know who owns it - can the town come and tell us?
9. There is a dead tree on my property – Will the town remove it? Do I need a permit to remove a dead tree?
10. There is a dead tree in the Right of Way or alley way - who do I call about removal?
11. There is a dead tree in my neighbors' yard - I am afraid it will fall on my house, what can I do?
12. I want to remove a tree or modify landscaping on a commercial property - do I need permission?
13. Do I need a "Clearing" or "Vegetation Removal" permit to clear or remove exotic and/or prohibited plant species from my property?
14. Someone is cutting a tree down or removing landscaping - who do I call to report it?
15. Who trims the seagrapes along the beach? Why do they seem overgrown?
16. What are the lighting regulations on the beach to protect the sea turtle nesting?
17. Do I need a permit to build a dock or boatlift on my property?
18. Can I build a seawall?
19. What are the current watering restrictions?