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Sea turtle nesting season nears, residents asked to cooperate

April 15, 2016
By John Morton , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The sea turtle nesting season begins May 1, running through Oct. 31.

Eve Haverfield, a representative of the local Turtle Time non-profit organization that has been monitoring Fort Myers, Bonita, Big Hickory Island and Bunche beaches since 1989, reminds residents and businesses to adhere to the following restrictions and/or procedures during the season:

Lights may not be visible from the beach. Lights can be shielded, or better yet, amber LED lights should be used. Blinds and drapes should be closed. Balcony lights should be turned off.

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Never approach a sea turtle on the beach.

Do not use flashlights, torches, lanterns, flash photography or smart phones on the beach at night.

All beach furniture and equipment must be removed from the beach and stored landward of dunes or up against a building.

Fill in holes dug in the sand.

Last year, Fort Myers Beach was home to 73 turtle nests - the most ever documented, Haverfield said.

To report a sea turtle nest or crawl or a dead or injured sea turtle, please call Turtle Time at 481-5566. For more information, visit



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