Bay County Beach Code Enforcement and Panama City Beach Code Enforcement met on Thursday night with beachfront property owners to reiterate the May 1, 2013 deadline of the turtle friendly lighting ordinance. The purpose of the meeting was to also educate the public on turtle friendly lighting and offer choices for lighting alternatives. "We had a really good nesting season last year, I believe the numbers were up...and a lot of that was due in part to the commercial businesses have already complied with the lighting requirements," Panama City Beach Code Enforcement officer James Tindle said. Lighting is crucial to the life cycle of sea turtles, and if there is too much light during the nesting season, nest may not survive. For more information on sea turtles and turtle friendly lighting click on the following links.