Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) August 05, 2012
Every March, South Florida residents are reminded of one of the reasons they chose to live in paradise – the sea turtle.
For an eight-month stretch, through Oct. 31, the beautiful beaches along the Gold Coast harbor loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles that swim to shore to lay their eggs. It is an act of nature so beautiful that it attracts visitors, environmentalists and videographers to the area to observe.
The most active turtle-nesting spots in South Florida lie along the beaches of northern Palm Beach County. Those with North Palm Beach homes, Juno Beach condos, and waterfront property in Jupiter can see the female creatures crawl out of the sea and dig their nests in the dark of night. Residents who live on the ocean know to dim their lights throughout turtle-nesting season so when the tiny hatchlings emerge, they don’t confuse the glow of the city with the glimmer of the ocean.
Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, which sells hundreds of houses on the Atlantic, many of them to families from northern states or other parts of Florida, tries to educate buyers on the Palm Beach County Sea Turtle Protection Ordinance. The ordinance, passed in 1987, is designed to protect sea turtles and promote awareness about the magnificent reptiles.
Jupiter Island’s 2012 turtle-nesting season is having a banner year. Researchers have counted upward of 6,300 nests on the island’s 6.6 miles of beaches, and three months remain in the season. In all of 2011, Jupiter Island’s shores saw 5,451 nests.
The numbers are similar at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach. Park rangers are reporting a major record-breaking year and have counted in excess of 1,600 loggerhead nests, 90 leatherback nests and 176 green nests. The undeveloped strand stretched more than two miles.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which monitors about 10 miles of coastline from Juno Beach to Tequesta, has found 7,126 loggerhead nests, 245 leatherback nests and 450 green nests. Charlie Manire, the center’s director of research and rehabilitation, said he expects those numbers to change drastically come Oct. 31 – for the better.
The conservation of the sea-turtle population in Palm Beach County is important not only for the protection of the species but also for the preservation of the ecosystem. Waterfront Properties’ support of such efforts is evident in its managing partner, Rob Thomson – who served as a board member of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park – and in the company logo – a sea turtle.