A group of condo association residents are expected to attend the Fort Myers Beach Town Council meeting on Monday. They plan to voice their displeasure over modifications the council made to its Sea Turtle Conservation ordinance in mid-2021.
The modification made to the ordinance (21-03) requires anyone who’s replacing windows, and all new construction, to install windows using glass with an inside to outside light transmittance value of 15% or less. The previous percentage was 45%, which is what the state requires. The change was made to provide more protection from light for nesting sea turtles on Fort Myers Beach.
The residents will speak during public comment at the Monday council meeting. They say the new windows are not only harder to find, because they are not in high demand, they are also 4-8 times expensive than the previous window requirements.
The town held two public meetings about the change in March and April of 2021 before unanimously approving the change.