News Flash


Posted on: May 7, 2021

Sea turtle nests are hatching!

first nest may 7 2021

Sea turtle nesting season is May 1-October 31. 

Nests are marked off on the beach by yellow caution tape.

Learn about "Turtle Time" and the dedicated group of volunteers who oversee sea turtle nesting season on FMB

Beachfront property owners are reminded that turtle nesting season brings responsibilities for special lighting to keep turtle hatchlings from getting disoriented when they come out of the nest. Everyone is reminded to please not disturb sea turtle nests, and to pick up after themselves on the beach, including filling in holes in the sand. Mother turtles need clear paths from the water to their nesting spot and babies need clear paths to the Gulf when they hatch.

Read about sea turtle nesting season lighting and other requirements. 

In April, Town Council adopted an ordinance with amendments to sea turtle regulations.

turtle safe lights for sale at THTurtle safe light bulbs are for sale at Town Hall

$16 for small bulbs / $6 for large bulbs

Purchase during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Town Hall's address is 2525 Estero Boulevard

REMEMBER: When using a flashlight on the beach during turtle season, it needs to be a turtle safe light like the one in the picture.  No cell phone flashlights, please! They can disorient mama turtles from nesting properly, and baby hatchlings from getting safely to the Gulf. 

Contact Chadd Chustz, Environmental Project Manager / / (239) 765-0202 Ext. 1312

See The Town’s 2021 Sea Turtle Conservation Flyer

Sea Turtle Nesting Season is May 1-October 31

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