Loggerhead hatchlings may be disoriented by artificial lights. When loggerhead hatchlings emerge from the shell, they are attracted to the blue and green wavelengths of light which are naturally reflected off the ocean through celestial light. They use this natural light cue to navigate from the nest towards the ocean. If an artificial light source on the beach is brighter than the natural ocean horizon, the hatchlings will head towards this artificial source. The causes of these disorientations include streetlights, gas station lights, city sky glow, exterior lights on commercial establishments and beach front homes. People on or near the beach carrying flashlights or lanterns and bonfires can also disorient loggerhead hatchlings.
What You Can Do to Help Sea Turtles in South Carolina
* Obey local and county lighting ordinances. * Observe from a distance. If you encounter a nesting turtle, do not shine lights on her or take flash
photography. Stay behind the turtle so she cannot see you. Lights and human presence can cause her to abandon her nest effort.
* Do not touch or prod an animal to move. Stay out of the way as she crawls back to the water. * Turn off exterior lights visible from the beach, dusk to dawn, from May through October. * Close blinds and drapes on windows where interior lights can be seen from the beach or ocean. * No flashlights, fireworks or bonfires on the beach.
* Fill in large holes dug on the beach at the end of the day because adult sea turtles and hatchlings can become trapped in them. * Remove beach chairs and other items from the beach and dunes at the end of the day that could obstruct a seaturtle when nesting or emerging hatchling.
If you encounter sea turtle hatchlings on the beach or an emerging nest: * Do not approach any sea turtle hatchlings, give them plenty of space. * Do not carry, guide or help sea turtle hatchlings to the ocean. * Do not shine any lights on or take flash photography of the hatchlings.
Litchfield-by-the-Sea (LBTS) a unique beach side community in the heart of the South Carolina Low Country is located south of Myrtle Beach, north of historic Georgetown.
Our special community offers homeowners, visitors and vacationers a unique life style built around beach activities, tennis, golf, a private water park, walking, fishing, crabbing as well as biking and hiking paths which extend for miles through some of the loveliest marshlands. We are just three miles away from Brookgreen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the world.
LBTS is a magnificent community balancing progress, careful planning and bountiful natural resources.
Sea turtles nest in protected areas where conscientious neighbors quietly watch over their protected nesting locations. Watching the moon rise over the ocean from the huge community deck is a popular evening activity. The beach stretches for eight miles making a paradise for bathers, walkers and runners.
During the summer months there's no better place to relax than on our beach with a good book or just to soak up the magnificent Carolina sunshine. The area offers an abundance of things to do. We have it all; whether it is classes at nearby Coastal Carolina University, tours at our large wildlife sanctuaries at Brookgreen Gardens, Hobcaw Barony and Huntington State Park, or photographing the natural beauty that is all around you.
Myrtle Beach, one of the country's top tourist destinations, is only a twenty minute drive away. You will find a wide variety of excellent attractions to keep everyone happy including some the best shopping you will ever find including two large Tanger Outlets.
At the end of a relaxing and fun filled day you can choose from a wide selection of restaurants in the Pawleys Island area offering a variety of cuisines.
As many of you may know, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is issuing new license plates upon renewal of the vehicle registration; however, not all residents of South Carolina will be receiving a new license plate. If you have been issued a new license plate, please send a copy of the new vehicle registration card to me either by email, fax 843.237.1034, or by U.S. Mail to the address listed below.
To maintain a secure system and accurate data; we must be provided with any vehicle changes including new license plate numbers. Also, if you had a temporary license plate after trading a vehicle and obtained a new barcode at that time, please provide us with a copy of the new vehicle registration card that shows the new license plate number.
In addition, in the month of April several parking violation tickets were issued by Litchfield By The Sea Security due to “No Visible Pass”. We are able to identify vehicles in the new security system by the license plate number. We found that approximately 85% of the tickets written were to rental guest or guest of a resident. Please remind your guest that the scanned guest pass must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. We will contact the rental agencies to advise of same.