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Seaside Plans 'Dark Sky' Lighting Regulations

AP | July 24, 2013 6:40 a.m. | Seaside, Oregon

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The Seaside City Council plans to regulate outdoor lighting through a “dark sky” ordinance.

The Daily Astorian reports that the ordinance would require exterior lights to have translucent covers to eliminate glare or shielding that prevents direct light from shining on other people’s property.

Lights from lasers or high intensity lights would be prohibited.

Outdoor fixtures installed before the ordinance’s effective date would be allowed, but if they are directed onto other properties, they could be declared a nuisance.

Among the exemptions are holiday decorations, if the lights are less than 15 watts.

The council unanimously agreed Monday to the first steps toward approval and expects to take a final vote Aug. 5.

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