Florida is the most important nesting area for the various species of sea turtles that inhabit the United States.
From loggerheads to greens and leatherback these turtles rely on the Florida beaches to survive.
Since they are all threatened or endangered
you would think that most people would do all they can to help protect them. But that isn't the case in one small Florida town who at this very moment is trying to kick turtle nests off their private beach
In an attempt to give the this season's sea turtle hatch a fighting chance the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
relocated some 400 eggs from non-ideal beaches to a better beach within Belleair Shore.
In Florida, beaches that are rebuilt with government funds after hurricanes or other disasters are, by law, public lands. So when the affluent town of Belleair Shore was offered help, they said "no thanks!" in favor of keeping their beach private. But as David Yates, the CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium suggests, the fact that Belleaire's beach hasn't been rebuilt is what makes it so perfect for turtle nests.
Now the locals say the cordoned off areas on their beach which are protecting the eggs from being disturbed is an eyesore and want them gone. What's worse, is even though the eggs are due to hatch within the next sixty days, at their next meeting, the town commissioners are considering passing an ordinance that might give the eggs the boot. One would hope that the people of Belleaire would reconsider and vote to protect these endangered creatures rather than toss them from their private beach
. But we can't be sure. Their next meeting is slated for August 21 so it's up to us to let them know we are watching and we want them to protect the sea turtles of Florida. Please help by signing the petition and tell the Belleair Shore town commissioners to share their private beach and do their part to help save the sea turtle.