+ Mote reminds visitors: lights out
According to researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory, as of July 28, 1,937 sea-turtle hatchlings have lost their way, or have become disoriented, during hatchings on local beaches this year. Mote researchers believe the disorietations are a result of artificial lighting along Sarasota County coastlines, and they urge visitors to keep beaches dark until sea-turtle-nesting season ends Oct. 31.
To date this season, 54% of the 44 Longboat nests that have hatched have resulted in disorientation events.
In total, 203 nests have been laid on Longboat so far this year.
In 2008, Sarasota County had 113 nest disorientations, which is the fourth-highest number in the state.
+ Fire-rescue volunteer uses CPR
Jorge Alvarez, Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department vice president of volunteers, was manager on duty Friday, July 17, at the Lido Beach Resort, where he works as chief engineer, when a 60-year-old woman collapsed. The woman went into cardiac arrest, and Alvarez administered CPR until a Fire Rescue team arrived.
The woman was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where she died a week later.
Alvarez said the incident shows the importance of learning CPR.
“I wish everyone would learn CPR,” Alvarez said. “That gave her a chance, doing CPR right away.”
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2 Power Networking Seminar
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2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
16 Pillar of Hope Open House
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16 Business After Hours Networking Event
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Golfer sees swinging success
Longboat Key resident Arlene McKitrick celebrated her 200th golf championship win this week at Sara Bay Country Club in an FSGA event.
Mote receives NOAA grant
Mote Marine Laboratory recently received a $99,615 grand for its dolphin and whale rehabilitation efforts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Correction: Heitlers to net 75 years in April
In its Sept. 18 issue, the Longboat Observer featured Plymouth Harbor resident George Heitler, a lifelong tennis player who has played tennis for most of his 99 years and is a regular at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.