The iconic Forbes Five-Star oceanfront retreat Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa and the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) continue their community partnership – all to better protect Palm Beach’s beautiful beaches that attract guests – and sea turtles – from around the globe. This time, all will gather together at Eau Palm Beach’s ocean-front resort, on Tuesday, July 2 at 10 a.m., to say farewell to Eau-phelia the sea turtle when she makes her way back to her ocean home after being rehabilitated at LMC.
“Eau Palm Beach is delighted and honored to support LMC’s mission of sea turtle and ocean conservation,” said Nick Gold, public relations director at Eau Palm Beach. “Our partnership with LMC has been a wonderful opportunity for the resort to align itself with an award-winning nonprofit organization, along with sharing Loggerhead’s mission with our guests who are eager to learn about sea turtles, turtle nesting season and ocean conversation. It’s been a win-win for all.”
In honor of Eau Palm Beach’s generous support of the Center, LMC named a loggerhead sea turtle patient “Eau-phelia.” With a name like Eau, which is pronounced “O” (French for “water”), and the Atlantic Ocean on their doorstep, Eau Palm Beach has shown its commitment to ocean conservation and dedication to LMC’s mission, including innovative conservation measures such as replacing plastic straws for chic yellow and white paper straws in their pool deck area. Straws are a leading cause of harm for marine life worldwide.
“Our multiyear partnership with Eau Palm Beach is a wonderful example of two Palm Beach County organizations coming together to support tourism, education, and conservation!” said Jack E. Lighton, president and CEO of LMC. “The resort continues to make strides that impact sea turtle and ocean conservation every single day and does a wonderful job of helping us educate guests from around the globe on the importance of sea turtle and ocean conservation.”
Eau-phelia is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle patient whose bloodwork on arrival at LMC indicated anemia and hypoglycemia. Eau-phelia was underweight and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. The turtle was put into freshwater to remove barnacles and other epibiota that covered her body. The turtle was treated with fluids, antibiotics and andiron. Hospital staff closely monitored the turtle with routine bloodwork as it was being treated.
Eau-phelia will be released at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (100 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL) at 10 a.m. LMC hospital-staff will be on hand to answer guest’s questions on the sea turtle’s journey from rescue to release. As a reminder, for members of the public who wish to attend the release on Tuesday, we kindly ask that they park at the Lantana Beach Parking Lot located just north of the hotel. There is quick and easy access to the beach from the parking lot.
Eau-phelia will be fitted with a satellite transmitter, allowing LMC’s research laboratory and website visitors to digitally track the turtle’s migration and offshore behaviors. Weather may impact the scheduling of this release. Please check marinelife.org and LMC’s social media channels for updates.
Along with the conservation focus and stunning vistas, guests visiting Eau Palm Beach this summer can also enjoy two special lunch promotions:
• Temple Orange – offering 3 courses for $28.
• Breeze Ocean Kitchen – offering a daily $20.19 lunch special, which includes a hand-crafted Margarita paired with an order of fish taco*.
*This is seafood watch safe seafood.
For more information about Eau Palm Beach, visit eaupalmbeach.com. For more information about the partnership between Eau and LMC, visit marinelife.org/partners.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site 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. The Center’s conservation team works with 90 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its 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.