This Comment concentrates on the coastal threats to sea turtle survival in Florida and the laws the state has enacted to protect sea turtles against the detrimental effects of human coastal activities, including operating vehicles on the beaches, artificial beachfront lighting, and interference in nesting behavior associated with coastal construction and erosion control projects. After providing background information on sea turtle behavior and describing the dangers sea turtles face in Florida, this Comment examines federal and state laws designed to protect sea turtles. The author then analyzes the success of these laws and additional efforts to protect Florida's sea turtles. The Comment concludes that even though laws now exist to protect sea turtles, their full effect remains unknown until long-term studies are completed. For the present, the increased public awareness has resulted in at least a higher hatchling survival rate.
Butler, Katherine R.
"Coastal Protection of Sea Turtles in Florida,"
Florida State University Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law: Vol. 13:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://ir.law.fsu.edu/jluel/vol13/iss2/4