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Solebury should follow Doylestown’s Lights Out lead


Doylestown Borough deserves recognition for its decision to reduce light pollution through its Lights Out Doylestown initiative, as well as through its adoption of a lighting ordinance to regulate light emitted by commercial and residential structures at night. Most bird migration in the United States occurs between Aug. 15 and Nov. 15, and it is estimated that up to 1 billion birds are killed each year due to collisions with buildings, in part due to disruptive nighttime light pollution.

Lights Out Doylestown urges residents to voluntarily turn off or dim exterior lighting at night, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during this critical bird migration period. As a resident of Solebury Township, I applaud this effort, and I encourage residents of my township to consider following this initiative.

Promoting dark skies at night by installing light timers, energy-efficient fixtures and restrictive shields does more than just protect wildlife. These measures also generate cost savings for residents, and help to preserve the rural character of communities throughout Bucks County.

As the Democratic candidate for Solebury Supervisor, I am dedicated to preserving the historic and natural resources that make Solebury Township a unique and attractive locale within our region. Solebury Township’s next Comprehensive Plan is due for renewal in 2024. I am committed to contributing my expertise to the future of Solebury Township by implementing commonsense strategies to foster sustainability, public safety and well-managed infrastructure maintenance to enhance quality of life in our community.

Christy Cheever, Solebury

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