Agenda Item 12B (scroll down to “B”) includes changes to Ordinance 30-110 sponsored by Councilman Timothy Schaffer. These proposed changes will allow stadium style lighting across all the residential districts of the village on outdoor athletic fields/recreational areas at religious facilities, private schools, child care facilities, and other non-governmental public assembly. These proposed changes will apply to current and future facilities.
The Neighborhood Protection Charter Amendment approved by 67% of the residents of Palmetto Bay was meant to protect residents from the negative impact of non-single family residential uses. This change in ordinance is against the amendment and will allow 90 foot light towers to be placed adjacent to single family homes without controls such as proximity or wattage. It will allow lights and hours of use to 10 PM and 11 PM every day. Currently, there is an athletic field lighting plan submitted to the Village’s Zoning Department that includes over 40 light poles (with rows of lights) ranging in height from 60 to 90 feet. The poles had almost 300 bulbs - each 1500 watts.
This proposed ordinance change will dramatically alter the quality of life for residents across the Village now and in the future.
Forget stargazing in Palmetto Bay. Dexter, this is stupid, you should tell the Council so.
According to Net Doctor:
In fact, according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, exposure to certain types of electric light before bed and at night can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
The results of several studies suggest that women who work at night -- factory workers, doctors, nurses, and police officers, for example -- have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who work during the day. Other research suggests that women who live in areas with high levels of external light at night (street lights, for example) have a higher risk of breast cancer.
Palmer Trinity has applied for 90 foot light poles (but needs this passed first) - Shielded, of course, but ambient light is pretty hard to hide. Why would anyone want to live by a school in Palmetto Bay? Why would anyone want to live in a place that enacts stupid laws? Palmetto Bay, vying for the title of worst place in the South of Miami Dade County to live, that Homestead has held for years.