+ Turtle disorientations are higher than usual
Mote Marine Laboratory scientists have documented 23 disorientations in adult female sea turtles this year on local beaches.
The number is higher than usual, with 12 female disorientations documented in 2010, 15 in 2011 and 10 in 2012.
Disorientations occur when adult females veer away from their expected movement patterns on the beach because of artificial lighting from waterfront properties, beachgoers coming too close (especially while carrying flashlights) and natural predators, such as raccoons. Hatchlings can also become disoriented.
This year, a female turtle wedged its head under a rock groin and needed help digging out after disorienting; in a previous year, a turtle was struck by a car after wandering into the road.
To help turtles avoid disorientation, beachgoers should remain quiet if they encounter a nesting turtle, shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible from the beach from May through October, close drapes after dark, put beach furniture far back from the water, fill in holes on the beach and put trash in its proper place.
+ Linley Street boat ramp construction completed
The Linley Street boat ramp reopened July 4, ahead of its scheduled completion date.
Replacement of the town-owned boat ramp began mid-May and was expected to last two months. The project was originally planned for March but was rescheduled to avoid conflicting with season.
+ Longboat Key Club earns sixth Pinnacle Award
The Longboat Key Club & Resort received its sixth Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine. The award is given to top-tier national and international meetings, organizations and destinations.
Inclusion in the annual Pinnacle Registry assures event planners that a destination meets strict criteria and provides levels of service and amenities that attendees expect.
“We are honored to once again be included in this select group of national and international resorts that offer superior amenities for corporate and discerning business groups. To be acknowledged as a premiere meetings destination is a testament to our service standards and commitment,” said Jeff Mayers, general manager of the Key Club, in the prepared statement.
Meetings & agendas
• Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12
• Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3
• Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9
• Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16
• Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.