Seaside OKs ‘dark skies’ ordinance

FILE - A sunset at Seaside Beach. Undated photo. (KOIN 6 News viewer)
FILE - A sunset at Seaside Beach. Undated photo. (KOIN 6 News viewer)

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Seaside has adopted a “dark skies” ordinance to make it easier to gaze at the stars and harder to annoy neighbors with bright lights.

The Daily Astorian reports the City Council approved the ordinance Tuesday.

The ordinance requires outdoor fixtures to have translucent covers to prevent glare or shielding to keep the light within property limits. Fixtures already installed are exempt — unless the light is deemed a nuisance.

Acceptable fixtures are lamps of 450 lumens or less, the equivalent of a 40-watt standard incandescent bulb or an 11-watt compact fluorescent.

Lights from lasers and search lights are restricted, unless used for public safety or emergencies. Lighting the federal government requires at the airport and temporary lighting for events and construction are exempt.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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