Escambia County Grant Information
he Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and associated clean-up activities damaged the beaches of Escambia County from both the perspectives of human use and ecosystem functions. While the beaches are free of oil and tourists still visit in droves, our ecosystem continues to recover.
The Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council has approved a restoration project to help address impacts felt by sea turtles called “Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky." The $470,000 project in conjunction with the Escambia County Barrier Island Lighting Ordinance, which will address the impacts of artificial lights on nesting turtles and hatchlings.
In 2015, a lighting retrofit project was completed in the Casino Beach parking lot and Gulfside Pavilion located on Pensacola Beach. Thirty-eight new light poles were installed, illuminating the parking lot with turtle friendly LED lights that direct the light onto the ground where it is needed, rather than onto the beach and into the sky.
In 2016, two condominiums, Beach House and Eden, had their lighting completely converted to turtle-friendly fixtures, protecting the important nesting area of Perdido Key State Park from excess residential light.
In 2018, the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Resort, Hilton, Surf & Sand Hotel and Tiki Island Mini Golf properties on Pensacola Beach underwent retrofit projects to reduce their impact on nesting turtles. In addition, 17 single family homes along Pensacola Beach were retrofitted with sea turtle friendly fixtures and bulbs.
To learn more about NRDA, RESTORE and other restoration projects underway visit our RESTORE Act page.