By Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) - The town of Longboat Key is considering dimming lights along to reduce the number of disoriented turtle hatchlings on its beaches.

The Herald-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/22Uumle) the town is looking at changes to its ordinance limiting artificial lights along the beach. The lights can interfere with turtles returning to the water and disorient hatchlings from the hundreds of sea turtle nests laid there each year.

But as nesting season approaches next month, town commissioners want closer study of how changes to the town’s 1987 turtle protection rules might affect existing and planned development before endorsing any updates.

Each year from May to October, thousands of endangered sea turtles crawl onto Southwest Florida beaches, dig nests and often lay more than 100 eggs in each.

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