Escambia County Grant Information
The 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 will address lighting along with the Escambia County Barrier Island Lighting Ordinance will address the impacts of artificial lights on nesting and hatchling turtles.
In 2015, lighting retrofit project was completed on the Casino Beach parking lot and Gulfside Pavilion located in the heart of Pensacola Beach. Thirty-eight new light poles were installed, illuminating the parking lot with turtle friendly L.E.D. lights that direct the light onto the ground, where it is needed, rather than onto the beach and into the sky like the old lights did. 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.
To learn more about NRDA, RESTORE and other restoration projects underway visit our RESTORE Act page.