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Island Winds Condominium Association President Dave Nusbaum led calls for the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council to amend a sea turtle protection ordinance which required replacement windows in town to have a 15% tint of the inside to outside light transmittance value.

In a split vote, the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council approved the first reading of an ordinance which would partly roll back a section of an ordinance approved last year to protect nesting sea turtles by requiring new windows to be tinted at 15% of the inside to outside light transmittance value.

Instead, the council on Monday voted 3-2 to require 15% tinting on windows for new construction, while establishing the tint for replacement windows to be 45%. Several condo boards had pushed for the tint to be limited to the 45% tint. The 15% tinting measure had been opposed by several condominium associations concerned about the increased cost of window replacement projects associated with the new regulation. Some said their window-replacement projects had been delayed by the need to change the tinting level.

The council’s actions went against the recommendations of Turtle Time and the Marine Resources Task Force who wanted the ordinance to remain as it was approved last year. The council will hold a public hearing and second reading on the ordinance change on June 6.

Voting in favor of the amended ordinance were Councilmember Dan Allers, Councilmember Jim Atterholt and Mayor Ray Murphy.

Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros and Councilmember Bill Veach were opposed.

In addition to the ordinance change, councilmembers want to see stricter enforcement of the town’s codes restricting outdoor lighting and shielding indoor lighting at night to protect nesting sea turtles.

Hosafros said she believed the town council’s decision to amend the ordinance and roll back the tinting requirements, would shift the burden to the town to enforce its regulations.

“You have then shifted the financial burden of this problem to the town rather than to the people who are causing the problem by not having good glass or keeping their curtains closed,” Hosafros said. “We’re going to have add employees, we’re going to have add costs to the town budget.”

Murphy said he believed that stricter enforcement of the town’s code could lead to some adopting 15% tinted windows to deal with an issue that councilmembers believe is largely a problem with transient visitors. “The only way compliance is going to come into effect here with all this discussion is enforcement,” he said.

Eve Haverfield, founder of Turtle Time, spoke in favor of keeping the ordinance in place with the same requirements for window tinting.

“The 15% tint is a change from the status quo,” Haverfield said. “It is best-available technology that benefits us all. It provides privacy, it saves energy, it protects the interior of condos,

Councilmember Jim Atterholt said those properties who have been given warnings in the past, should no longer be given warnings, which would mean fines.

“Having walked along the beach at night, it’s pretty self-evident who the flagrant violators are,” Atterholt said. “My suggestion to the town is to go after the obvious violations first.”

Fort Myers Beach Marine Resources Task Force Chair Steve Johnson said his committee opposed the change to …….

Source: https://www.fortmyersbeachtalk.com/2022/05/17/council-moves-window-tint-change-forward/

Island Winds Condominium Association President Dave Nusbaum led calls for the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council to amend a sea turtle protection ordinance which required replacement windows in town to have a 15% tint of the inside to outside light transmittance value.

In a split vote, the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council approved the first reading of an ordinance which would partly roll back a section of an ordinance approved last year to protect nesting sea turtles by requiring new windows to be tinted at 15% of the inside to outside light transmittance value.

Instead, the council on Monday voted 3-2 to require 15% tinting on windows for new construction, while …….

Island Winds Condominium Association President Dave Nusbaum led calls for the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council to amend a sea turtle protection ordinance which required replacement windows in town to have a 15% tint of the inside to outside light transmittance value.

In a split vote, the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council approved the first reading of an ordinance which would partly roll back a section of an ordinance approved last year to protect nesting sea turtles by requiring new windows to be tinted at 15% of the inside to outside light transmittance value.

Instead, the council on Monday voted 3-2 to require 15% tinting on windows for new construction, while …….

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