So did someone bother to enlighten this mayor that lighting would be a big no no? OT, I too have seen what comes from outreach acquiescing to the public. I've seen ongoing outreach at a site where an observatory was built and public park was intended for anyone to use to have dark skies. I've seen individuals valiantly work with the local gov. to install shielded lighting all the while putting on public outreaches.. And you know what the result was over the years? Suburbs and shopping areas growing exponentially. And the town near the observatory facility showed their thanks for all the invites to public outreach by building more softball and soccer fields for fully lighted games and regular tractor pulls. How little, it seems, we have accomplished. This area was also popular years ago as a dark sky site, not anymore. Years ago I once took my scope there on a clear dark night to do some dso's observing. A club member came over to me and said, "Sorry, but they had some scout troop coming and they would be using the area." (I guess that's more important than me pursuing my hobby) The implication was that I was supposed to leave and pick another night to observe, or go somewhere else. The only outreach, I guess you could say, that I do anymore is maybe here on CN, or maybe people I run into who have observing or equipment questions. I guess you could say I've become turned off to "outreach" for various reasons.
I hosted scout meetings and even their astronomy certs, etc. for a couple of decades. Finally threw in the towel... I remember what generally ~dark at night~ was like, from when I was that kidly age... 1950s. Even in pretty good sized cities, the only lights were essentially down-directed (shielded) plain tungsten bulbs, just enough to see where the sidewalk was. We used to play outside every night until it naturally got "too dark to see the baseball". Most of the population is too young to remember and has no concept of what darkness even is. Here's a picture of the exact lights I remember. It was so peaceful and non-obtrusive! Tom