Be the Turtle (Not the Hare)

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Come run and try to win one of these beautiful medals!
photo credit: friendsofloverskey.org

Don’t miss the 8th Annual Turtle Trot Race coming up on May 11th, 2013. Everyone is invited…..runners, joggers, and walkers alike can join the fun and experience the beauty of Lovers Key State Park.

Participants will trek over a path along Black Island Trail, run up a 38-foot hill and cross two bridges as they race toward the finish line at the beach. Breakfast is supplied by the race’s Signature Sponsor, Whole Foods, and awards are presented at the Lovers Key pavilion at the end of the race.

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Runners in the Annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot
photo credit: naplesnews.com

So come, have fun and support a great cause. Register on-line by going to the following link or stop by the park and pick up a paper registration form. Before May 3rd registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for youth (18 and under). Week before the race $30 for all levels and day of race is $35 for all levels….register early and save!!!

For more information write events@friendsofloverskey.org or call 239-463-4588. Need a place to stay that weekend? Check out Cocoplum Beach House.

Help endangered sea turtles nesting on our beaches

It’s sea turtle nesting season again! Each summer, threatened and endangered marine turtles nest along our beaches. Two months later, tiny turtle hatchlings emerge from their sandy nests and quickly race to the sea, using the seaward horizon as their guiding light. Sadly, artificial light visible from the beach lures the sea turtles inland, away from the water. Thousands of sea turtles die needlessly every year because of lights along beaches that were not turned off or properly shielded.

What can you do to help? While vacationing in Fort Myers Beach during May 1 through October 31, from 9:00 p.m. To 7:00 a.m.:

– shield all sources of light visible from the beach
– use 25 watt yellow bug lights or amber colored LED lights
– close blinds or curtains after dark, preventing light from spilling out toward the beach
– remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach each night

Thank you for your help in ensuring the continued survival of our threatened and endangered sea turtles.

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