Just two months into sea turtle nesting season, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are happy to announce a record-breaking number of nests along Mote-monitored beaches from Longboat Key through Venice. In addition, the first nests of the 2016 season are starting to hatch. The first nests of the season are also starting to hatch.
As you enjoy Southwest Florida's coastal waters this July 4 weekend, Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit research and education institution, the Sarasota Police Department, and Suncoast Charities for Children, would like to remind boaters to follow Coast Guard-approved safe boating guidelines and use vigilance to avoid striking sea turtles, manatees and dolphins.
Keeping local waters and beaches safe will be especially important during the July 4 weekend, when local waters and beaches will be busy for the holiday, and during the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix on July 2 and 3 off Lido Beach.
Please read for tips for beachgoers and boaters.