The Forbes Five-Star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in partnership with the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center will host the February Blue Friends Cocktail Social, a celebratory start to Palm Beach County’s sea turtle nesting season, on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eau’s Breeze Ocean Kitchen.
At the seaside event, guests will enjoy cocktails, delicious bites, fabulous raffles, networking and more. The social is $25 for nonmembers and complimentary for Blue Friends Society members.
Sea turtle nesting season officially runs March 1-Oct. 31 in the Palm Beaches. That means it’s time to pay special attention to our beautiful beaches – enjoyed by thousands of guests from around the globe and thousands of endangered nesting sea turtles.
During nesting season, Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s research biologists monitor a 9.5-mile stretch of beach along Juno, Jupiter and Jupiter Island – one of the most densely nested stretches in the world. In 2017, LMC’s team documented a record-breaking 19,000+ nests on that stretch.
In honor of the season, there are special steps everyone can take to ensure the safety of nesting females and hatchlings:
- Turn off lights and draw blinds to help nesting females and hatchlings find their way
- Fill in holes and knock down sandcastles to clear a path for sea turtles
- Avoid walking through dunes and the surrounding vegetation
- Put away chairs, tables or other items on the beach
- Let hatchlings emerge from the nest on their own
- Keep your distance from nesting sea turtles
- Don’t litter or release balloons and lanterns
LMC President & CEO Jack E. Lighton will be available for nesting season interviews at Eau Palm Beach the day of the social. Interested members of the media may contact Hannah Deadman, LMC’s public relations & communications coordinator, to arrange an interview at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 627-8280 ext. 124.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a nonprofit sea turtle hospital that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site campus hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. In late 2017, the Center launched their Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.
About Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
An intimate oceanfront retreat situated on seven acres of lush tropical gardens with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is a stunning escape, recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as a top resort, two years running, in the Readers’ Choice Awards for Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Spacious accommodations invoke the relaxed glamour of America’s premier resort destination and distinctive amenities include the award-winning, Forbes Five-Star, 42,000 square foot Eau Spa, three Har-Tru clay tennis courts, two pools and outstanding children and teen clubs. With more than 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the resort offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues for private events. Four restaurants and lounges include Breeze Ocean Kitchen, Angle, Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro and Stir Bar and Terrace, all serving inspired menus in distinctive settings, conveniently located a short drive from lively Palm Beach nightlife and shopping. The resort is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection. For more information, please call 800-328-0170 or visit www.eaupalmbeach.com