Island sea turtles numbers are growing, and so are concerns about beach hazards

May 8, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse

STAFF REPORT – Do you know your zone? For purposes of the Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association’s Turtle Patrol, the beach has been divided into eight zones, each one patrolled daily during the six-month nesting/hatching season. There are three zones in Charlotte County and five in Lee County, as follows:

Zone 1 – The North Shore to the south end of Sea Watch

Zone 2 – The south end of Sea Watch to south end of Sea Oats/north end of Boca Grande Club

Zone 3 -All of the Boca Grande Club

Zone 4 – County line to 40th St

Zone 5 – 40th St to 25th

Zone 6 – 25th Street to 10th Street

Zone 7 – 10th Street to the Range Light walkway

Zone 8 – Range Light walkway south to Sea Grape Park

Just a reminder to our community that BGSTA is a volunteer organization. No one is paid. Volunteers wake up every morning at the crack of dawn, carry heavy equipment onto the beach, pick up trash, fill in holes, tag abandoned furniture left out overnight, and much more, in order to protect endangered/threatened sea turtles.

They do it for six months of the year. They do it because they believe in what they are doing. They truly care about the environment and want to see the species rebound. They are tagging beach furniture because it is a danger to sea turtles, not as a personal affront to anyone.

To the person who posted the sign below: You want the opportunity to do the right thing? Remove your furniture from the beach every night and please refrain from hostile and abusive behaviors toward volunteers.