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Residents, property owners reminded of precautions to take during turtle nesting season

By Staff | May 18, 2016

Since turtle nesting season began May 1, Sgt. Mike Sawicki reminded those who attended the Captiva Community Panel meeting last week of precautions to take to ensure a successful season.

Through Oct. 31 there are additional turtle protection ordinances that are enforced on the beaches. He said that includes moving beach furniture above the coastal construction control line. Between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., individuals should also be careful of their lighting.

“Take a walk if you are on the beach front sometime in the evening and look back and see if you have light shining out to the beach,” Sawicki said.

He said the Sheriff’s Department will patrol the beaches like they have before. At the beginning of last year, Sawicki said Captiva was noted as the worst part of the county in turtle violations.

With the hard work of the Sheriff’s Department personnel, they were recognized as one of the best spots in Lee County at the end of the year.

“We are going to try and keep that up again this year. If you start finding green tags with pictures of turtles on it that means that stuff needs to be moved,” he said.

Sawicki asks those who have rentals, or work for rental companies, to put some additional emphasis on the precautions to take this time of year for individuals vacationing on their property.

“We don’t like getting out there being tough on people. We would rather have people comply. I think it is all in the best interest of the turtles and I think we can all agree on that,” he said.

Sawicki also reminded individuals that any events in or around the beaches and dunes required additional permits this time of year.

The panel and Sawicki discussed putting up window decals that can be placed on sliding glass doors, or passing out flyers that provides additional information of what to do during turtle nesting season.

“I think it would be a nice addition out here,” he said.

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