There are 38 municipalities in Palm Beach County. Nine of them, plus the county itself, have established regulations about light pollution. You can find the relevant codes, with links to the actual regulation where available, in the table below (data from the FWC master list, updated regularly and available here).
|Municipality/Entity||Date Adopted/Updated||Ordinance/Code||Code Enforcement Contact|
|Palm Beach County||1987/1996/199||Land Development Code, Article 14, Chapter A||Jacey Biery (561) 233-2461|
|Boca Raton||1986/1999/2002||Chapter 23, Article IV, Division 7||Doug Sheedy (561) 393-7954|
|Briny Breezes**||1988||Ord 2-87||Nancy Bozcon (561) 272-5495|
|Delray Beach||1987/2001||Title 9, Chapter 91, Sea Turtles||Rick Grant (561) 243-7232|
|Gulf Stream**||1987||Division 2, Sec. 38-41 - 38-47||Rita Taylor (561) 276-5116|
|Highland Beach||1987/1999||Chapter 4, Sec 4-8||Michael Desorcy (561) 278-4540|
|Juno Beach||1987/1993||Part II, Chapter 4, Sec 4-4||Lynn Hamil (561) 627-0818|
|Ocean Ridge||1987/1993||Chapter 66, Article I,Sec 66-2||Ken Schenck (561) 732-2635|
|Town of Palm Beach||1987/1995||Chapter 74, Article II, Division 4||Rob Walton (561) 227-6423|
|Town of South Palm Beach||1988/1999/2004||Chapter 26, Article X, Division 3||Town of South Palm Beach Police Department (561)586-2122|
Is your neighborhood on this list? Why not?
If you’d like to know more about the planning process and how to provide input in your area, 1000 Friends of Florida has a very useful resource page here.
If you’d like to help but don’t know where to start, you can find more information about how to talk to people about the problem by reading these IDA Information Sheets (PDF documents). The International Dark-Sky Association maintains these brochures, and many others, at http://www.darksky.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=58823
- IS # 25: How to Talk to Your Neighbor Who Has Bad Lighting
- IS # 40: Dark Sky Advocacy- How to Get Started
- IS # 180: How to Get State Legislation Passed
- IS # 181: Getting Started With an Outdoor Lighting Ordinance
- IS # 6: Advice on Working with Community Leaders, Officials, and Others
- IS # 155: How to Ask
- IS # 128: How to Talk to the Media