The city of Hollywood is looking to protect its sea turtle population by curbing the impact of street lights, which often disorient baby turtles when they hatch.

Turtles are guided by moonlight and instinctively head toward the ocean. But with lights from nearby homes and businesses, they often become confused and head toward the streets, where they are vulnerable to predators and passing cars.

The county has taken other measures, including the relocation of nests to assist the sea turtles, but officials say more needs to be done.

The city met this week to discuss a proposal, which includes installing fixtures which direct light where it is needed, dimming
interior lighting during certain hours and utilizing low-output bulbs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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