April 10, 2019
New Beach Lighting Ordinance
In March, Town Council approved changes to the Town’s current beach lighting ordinance. These changes were made primarily to reduce negative impacts on nesting loggerhead sea turtles and hatchlings. Notable changes are summarized below:
- No artificial light shall illuminate any area of the beaches of Kiawah.
- No exterior point source (light bulb) of artificial light shall be visible from the beach.
- Use of unfiltered lights (any color spectrum except red), including but not limited to flashlights, cellular phones, and cameras, by persons are prohibited on the beach from 9 p.m. until dawn from May 1 to October 31 of each year (free red filters are available at the Municipal Center and the Nature Center at Night Heron Park).
- For new construction, tinted or filmed glass shall be used in all windows facing the ocean.
- The illumination from beachfront organized functions or special event lighting shall not spread beyond the boundary of the property, and in no case shall those lights illuminate the beach or shall the point source of light be visible from the beach. No organized functions or special events shall take place seaward of the OCRM setback line between dusk and dawn from May 1 to October 31 of each year.
The full ordinance can be found here