+ 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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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.