Doing their part to raise awareness about turtles being endangered and the importance of their nesting season from March 1 through Oct. 31, the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is hosting the Second Annual Sea Turtle Fest at the El Prado Park, March 21-22. It’s an educational, awareness-building event as well as a fundraiser. Proceeds from water and beer sales will benefit Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s chapter of Relay for Life.
Partnering with the town to coordinate the event is Beth Jarvis, event coordinator with Events, Etc. For starters, this year they’ve extended the fest hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The event is an interactive, family-oriented, educational fun weekend to learn about sea turtles,” said Ms. Jarvis. “And because LBTS is a sea side town, hosting a sea-oriented event here was the perfect fit.”
On Saturday, March 21, the event will open with a free yoga lesson on the beach at 9 a.m., followed by a beach/shoreline clean-up coordinated by SOS (Stoked On Salt). The beach clean-up is “a great opportunity for teens to participate and receive service hours for school,” Jarvis said.
First Watch Restaurant is participating and sponsoring the Loggerhead Kids' Activity Area with arts and crafts and recycled craft projects to promote sea turtle and environmental awareness. Davey Marine will have a boat on-site and DJ’s from EASY 93.1 FM and HITS 97.3 FM will take to the stage between live performances by local entertainers.
There will also be informative presentations on sea turtle nesting habits from local conservation groups like the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection organization as well as nautical-themed craft and business vendors.
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“We love creating awareness about this important issue through entertainment and by showing the public a good time. We also wanted to bring people to the great community of LBTS and show them the beautiful new plazas,” said Jarvis.
So come out and spend the weekend learning about these wonderful animals and the importance of protecting them while enjoying great live music and raising funds for a worthy cause.