A review of our lighting regulations turned into a big win for turtles and the environment when Dominion Energy installed special turtle-friendly lighting at several of Nags Head's public beach accesses as part of a pilot project. With help from the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and the Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance, the lights limit disturbances to sea turtle hatchlings and other beach-dwelling animals.
If we identify a fixture and light display that we prefer, Dominion will use those as they systematically switch out and convert to LED lights at beach accesses moving forward. So, we need your input. Check out the displays and fixtures at some of the accesses below and email Planning Director Kelly Wyatt with which ones you prefer.
Abalone - Cree Fixture
Blackman - Cree Fixture
Curlew - Cree Fixture
Bladen - Acuity Fixture
Gallery Row - Acuity Fixture
Gulfstream - Acuity Fixture
East Tides Drive - Cree Fixture
East Tides Drive - Acuity Fixture
Be sure to check out the lights at night and let us know what you think.
A dark night sky and lighting that limits disturbances to sea turtle hatchlings and other beach dwelling animals are two important aspects of Nags Head's character.