“I love Cannon Beach” has increasingly become a mantra among residents and tourists alike over the forty-four years we have been part of the Cannon Beach community. What some have failed to realize is that part of the city’s charm is the result of its dark-sky policy that not only helps create a village atmosphere but protects local wild life. Within the past few years we have noticed that more property owners are installing blinding white motion detector lights, bright white LED porch lights, and white parking area lights that contribute to light pollution, trespassing on neighboring properties, blinding neighbors and passersby, blotting out the stars, and disrupting animal life. In many cases these lights are left on all day as well as at night, needlessly wasting energy and property owners’ money.
We are sympathetic with law enforcement’s need for lighting to address the problem of graffiti and other crimes that have developed. However, amber light is not only sufficient for night vision; it is less blinding.
When choosing lighting, we encourage people to consider their neighbors and the environment around them, including the night sky. The Cannon Beach municipal code requires lighting that is downcast and fully shielded. A further requirement of amber rather than bright white lighting would help to maintain the village atmosphere that inspires so many to say, “I love Cannon Beach.”
Diane and Rex Amos