5.10   Outdoor lighting.
   The purpose of this section is to provide direction in controlling light spillage and glare so as not to adversely affect motorists, pedestrians, adjacent properties and the extremely sensitive turtle population. Lighting intensities should be controlled to assure that excessive lighting and glare are not directed at adjacent properties, neighboring areas, motorists as well as the beachfront and/or sound front.
   5.10.1 Outdoor lighting standards. The following applies to commercial lighting unless specifically denoted:
   1)   Outdoor lighting shall use shielding to prevent light from illuminating the nighttime sky and from spilling onto adjoining property.
   2)   The maximum fixture height shall be thirty (30) feet for full cutoff fixtures and twenty (20) feet for non cutoff fixtures (including residential).
   3)   Light fixtures using more than six hundred (600) watts shall be full cut-off light fixtures. Low intensity lighting is preferred.
   4)   All outdoor lighting shall be designed and located such that the maximum illumination measured in foot candles at the property line shall not exceed three-tenths (.3) for non cutoff lights and one and one-half (1.5) for cutoff lights.
   5)   All site plans submitted for review must have a lighting plan showing foot-candles on site as well as fixture type, fixture height and fixture location.
   6)   All illuminated signs must be lit internally or lit by top-mounted lights pointed downward, including billboards.
   7)   Commercial and residential lighting shall not shine into vehicular travel lanes.
   8)   Any commercial lighting to face the beachfront shall be approved by the community development department. No light shall project directly at the beachfront (including residential).
   9)   Outdoor lighting shall be minimized after the close of business. Only lights for security, parking areas and walkways shall be left on. Reduced lighting is encouraged after midnight for all lighting sources on-site.
   10)   Lights shall be maintained in proper working condition.
   11)   Active recreation areas, because of their unique requirements for nighttime visibility and limited hours of operation (i.e. the lighting of ball fields and tennis courts) are not considered in this chapter. However, lighting fixtures for such uses shall be mounted and aimed so that the illumination falls within the primary playing area and immediate surrounds and so that no direct light illumination is directed off site. Under all circumstance, lighting used for active recreational purposes shall not go beyond 11:00 p.m.
   5.10.2 Effective date. Lighting already installed when these regulations were adopted is exempt except:
   1)   Lighting found by a government agency to create a public hazard can be ordered removed or altered at any time.
   2)   Any lighting damaged by more than fifty percent (50%) of its value shall be made to comply with this ordinance.
   3)   Upon installation of any new lighting, this ordinance shall fully apply. An inventory of existing lighting submitted by the applicant will be required when the application for installing new lighting is made.
   5.10.3 Prohibited lighting.
   1)   Neon lights on the exterior of a building.
   2)   Neon lights on the exterior of a sign.
   3)   Flashing, blinking or rotating lights.
(Ord. No. 2006-45, 11-8-06; E-mail of 3-20-12(B); Ord. No. 2020-10, 12-1-20)