Save the Turtles: The Misguided, Misinformed, and Misdirected Battle for Hillsboro Lighthouse

The knotted, convoluted public debate over how to protect sea turtles from the light of Hillsboro Lighthouse would make Joseph Heller blush. Groups all over the place -- including the Broward County Commission -- are drafting resolutions "supporting the continuation of Hillsboro Light as a safe navigation aid," and the Sun-Sentinel published an article last month outlining how turtle folks want to extinguish "the venerable lighthouse" that has "stood vigil at Hillsboro Inlet, guiding mariners through a rocky and dangerous passage." The argument is that the lighthouse is a vital tool for mariners and you can't just turn it off for some turtles.

The argument is bullshit.

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Rich Abdill