Are there specific animals that are protected by the County?
All lands scheduled for development are reviewed for state and federal listed species prior to approval of the development. Any listed species found on a particular parcel of land are protected in the County by applying the state and federal protection measures. As well, bald eagles and marine turtles have specific protections in the Land Development Code.
Bald Eagle Protections - 4.01.10
Bald eagles have special exclusion zones for human activities out to 1500 feet from the nest location. The County monitors nesting activities for roughly 30 known nests located mainly along the St. Johns River and Intracoastal Waterway. Bald Eagle Nesting Season runs from October 1st- May 15th each year. (See Bald Eagle Nest Map)
Marine Turtle Lighting - 4.01.09
In conjunction with lighting restrictions required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are also special exterior lighting requirements required by the County for marine turtles. These restrictions apply to existing and proposed developments affecting ambient lighting conditions on the beach.