A town in northwest Indiana has been named the world's seventh International Dark Sky Community. Sitting along the Lake Michigan shoreline with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore all around, Beverly Shores first adopted regulations on outdoor lighting back in 1983. Tucson, Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association Program Manager Dr. John Barentine told the Region News Team the Dunes area is especially sensitive to issues surrounding artificial light at night. You can hear Dr. Barentine talk to the Region News Team about Beverly Shores and the Dark Sky designation online at News Audio on Demand here at our website.
In recent years, a group of residents led by Rosemary and Alan Bell have gone to great lengths to mitigate light pollution, even raising enough money locally to retrofit or replace street lights when there wasn't any municipal funding to do it. Read more about today's announcement here: http://www.darksky.org/images/documents/Beverly_Shores_press_release_FINAL.pdf
[Photo Members of the ABSR Board and Environment Committee who contributed efforts toward the International Dark Sky Community designation in front of the historic Beverly Shores train depot. Front row, left to right: Donna Norkus, Toots Foy, Margery al-Chalabi, Rosemary Bell, Alan Bell. Back row, left to right: Bill Foy, Bill Gilmer, Ed Kleese, Larry Steffel.(Credit: Bill Taylor)]
International Dark-Sky Association website: http://www.darksky.org/international-dark-sky-places/about-ids-places/communities