Nesting Season Starts Today!
Every year at this time, sea turtles come ashore at area beaches to make nests and deposit their eggs, in a life cycle as old as time. About sixty nights later the hatchlings break out of their eggs, leave the nests, and; guided by the light of the moon and stars, head towards the sea. That is, if they are not confused by the lights of beachfront homes, condos, and streetlights…
If they head towards those, they are almost surely heading for their deaths. Because of their “endangered” status, Florida building codes require new construction with direct “line of sight” to the beach to install windows with a visible light transmission (VLT) of 45% or less.
Many people who own existing homes are concerned for the turtles as well. However, they don’t have to go through the expensive process of replacing their windows with tinted glass units. Many window films easily comply with the light transmission requirements of the codes, and can be installed right away without disrupting your home. Those films also reduce heat input into the home, control glare, and virtually eliminate dangerous ultraviolet rays – the single strongest source of fading and skin cancer – with an SPF of over 285! By reducing heat load, you’ll save on utility costs. And you don’t have to sacrifice your seaside view in order to help save turtles’ lives. Films with a VLT of 45% are not “dark”; nor do they have to be “reflective.” Best of all, it will really help the little guys who; if they make it to the sea at all, have a 1 in 1,000 chance of surviving to adulthood.
If you have a beachfront home or condo, why not make plans now to install “turtle code compliant” film. Solar-X of Sarasota has a complete line of “turtle-friendly” films from SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat™; and we install them on Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Manasota Key. Remember to remove ostacles such as beach furniture, each night. Convert exterior lights to red; or shield them from the beach side. And, of course; never disturb the nests. You’ll be doing something great for the turtles. And being more comfortable while saving money isn’t so bad either… Contact Solar-X today!