In a coastal town, beach owners don’t even want sea turtles trespassing

Sea turtle tracks at sunrise, Florida. Photo source: ©© Amy32080


All over Florida, people are arguing over whether a new law blocks the public from walking across a private beach. Meanwhile, in the tiny but affluent Pinellas town of Belleair Shore, the question of beach access has sparked a somewhat different dispute.

Instead of just humans, some Belleair Shore residents want to give sea turtles the boot too.

Town Commission members are complaining about spotting marked sea turtles nests on their beachfront land — nests that they said had all been put there, without permission, by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium…

Read Full Article; Tampa Bay Times (08-08-2018)

Does new law restrict public access to Florida’s beaches? Miami Herald (04-06-2018)

Who owns Florida’s beaches? Private landowner rights can clash with public beach access; Naples Daily News (11-16-2017)
In a State known for plenty of beautiful shores, the clash over who owns Florida’s beaches pits residents against tourist for access to the sand…

Florida beaches are becoming darker, and that’s good for sea turtles; Science Daily (01-29-2016)

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Successful Conservation Efforts along Florida, Pacific Coasts Recognized in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle, NOAA (03-21-2015)

Why the endangered green sea turtle is losing its male population; CBS News (08-07-2018)