Gulf Power Adjusts Streetlight After Turtle Death
Gulf Power is adjusting some street lights after the death of a nesting loggerhead turtle on Perdido Key last week. The turtle had crawled across the beach and onto Perdido Key Drive where it was struck and killed by a vehicle. Officials speculate that it was attracted and confusing by a street light on the road. Jeff Rogers,a spokesman for Gulf Power, says the lights on Perdido Key drive are "full cut-off" lights that are designed to limit sea turtle confusion. They focus a narrow beam of light down on the road to prevent a lot of light being shown out to the Gulf. Since last week's accident, that particular street light on Perdido Key Drive has been adjusted to include a shield. Rogers says imagine that flashlight with your hand cupping the front.
To date that is the only light that has been equipped with the shield. Rogers says that Gulf Power is consulting with the county and the Fish and Wildlife Commission to identify other locations that may have street lights that need to be adjusted.