In June 2023, the City of Groveland became the first community in Florida and the Southeastern United States to become a certified, international DarkSky Community.
Groveland is a fast-growing city in Lake County, Florida. The city is located about 30 miles west of Orlando and major theme parks. The city covers about 54 square miles and has more than 23,000 residents. It has historically been an agricultural community with lush green spaces and acres of conservation and wetlands, which serves as a habitat for diverse plants and wildlife. The City’s Strategic Plan includes a vision for a forward-leaning agra-urbanism future.
WHAT IS DARKSKY?
DarkSky, formerly known as the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), is the worldwide recognized authority on light pollution and is dedicated to combating light pollution to protect the night sky and the benefits to all living things.
To find out more about the harmful effects of light pollution and the importance of protecting the night sky, visit the DarkSky website or view these videos.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE CITY OF GROVELAND?
In 2022, the city passed a comprehensive outdoor lighting ordinance to help curb light pollution against the ongoing rapid development. The ordinance requires residential and commercial development to have responsible outdoor lighting.
The City of Groveland will continue to work with residents, developers and neighboring communities to raise awareness about the importance of natural night skies to improve safety and quality of life and to protect the natural environment for all living things.
Groveland’s Community Development Department seeks certification from the
International Dark Sky Association to reclaim its starry skies.
In an ambitious two-year stride to become Florida's first Dark Sky Community, the City of Groveland is tentatively scheduled to conduct a virtual community-wide Dark Sky Workshop on Wednesday, February 24th, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.The workshop discussions will include the benefits of dark sky preservation, dark sky tourism, the City's current light pollution conditions, the International Dark-Sky Association's role in limiting light pollution, and the steps needed to achieve the Dark Sky Community designation.
Attendees can interact with the panelists during the question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation. Guests who would like to submit their questions prior to the workshop are invited to send their inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Join the Virtual Workshop
There is no sign up necessary to attend this event. See details below on how you can be a part of this community conversation: