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Nuisance Lighting Codes?

Posted by admin On May 18th

Have any of you run into a situation where one property owner was shining a bright light onto another property intentionally creating a nuisance because of a neighborhood dispute?

More importantly; are any of you aware of codes prohibiting this in a residential setting?

We have an inquiry from an individual experiencing this now in Cape Coral I believe; and she is on a mission to find a code solution rather than having to file some sort of civil law suit for relief.

Please share any information you may have available.

52 Responses

  1. ricardo esq Says:

    If county code doesn’t have specific light meter readings to determine obtrusive lighting, only generic verbage, how does a county agency or a court of law, determine whether a light meets the definition of “trespassing” and “nuisance”?

    Posted on December 7th, 2018 at 2:15 pm

  2. admin Says:

    Ricardo;
    That is a good question; you would have to review the specific code sections cited for the code violation to determine the definitions in question. Some jurisdictions use very generic language in that the intensity of the lighting is not always what make it a nuisance. Sometimes light is considered to be a nuisance or trespassing if it simply leaves the property from which it is located on; meaning it is not properly shaded or directed. Hope that helps.

    Posted on December 10th, 2018 at 8:30 am

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