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Lights out at night, please

Starting May 1, a town of Hilton Head Island ordinanceprohibits any artificial lights along the oceanfront from 10p.m. until dawn.

Additionally, any windows facing the beach must becovered. Artificial lights can discourage the loggerhead seaturtles from leaving the ocean to lay eggs or disorient adultsafter they have laid the eggs, or hatchlings leaving the nests,making them unable to find their way to sea.

The "lights out" restriction lasts until Oct. 31. Violatingthe law can result in fines. Officials from The Town ofHilton Head Island patrol the beaches to make sure allbeach front lights are out.