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Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins May 1

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Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and continues through October on our beaches. Sarasota County has the highest density of sea turtle nesting on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Sea turtles cannot lay eggs and hatch successfully without protection from beach furniture, excessively bright lighting and other human influences. Hundreds of citizens and professionals volunteer each year to assist our sea turtles. For more information about Sea Turtles or opportunities to volunteer to work with the turtles, call Kenya Leonard of Sarasota County Natural Resources Sea Turtle Protection Program at 941) 861-6240.