The beaches of southwest Florida have long been an important nesting area for the loggerhead sea turtle. Along the beaches in Moraya Bay we have many nests that are protected with what looks like caution tape. Loggerhead sea turtles emerge from the Gulf of Mexico to nest on our beaches each summer (May 1 to August 31). Females crawl from the Gulf late at night to lay their nests. Loggerheads deposit, on average, 100 ping pong ball sized eggs in each nest. They usually lay 2 to 3 nests per season on a 2-3 year cycle. The eggs begin to hatch after about 60 days. As the sand begin to cool (usually late evening) the hatchlings scratch their way out of the nest emerging as a group. As the young turtles exit the nest they instinctually seek the Gulf by looking for natural light reflecting off the water.
The main nesting months run from May to October, but there are many exceptions to the rule. Leatherbacks have been known to start as early as February, and depending on water temperature, hatchlings emerge well into the winter months.
When you are on the beach look out for the squared off nesting area……
The transformation of 701 at Moraya Bay was done by Pat Crawford interior designer of both the lobby and the club house at Moraya Bay. She did an incredible job of customizing the space.
Here are some before and after pictures
Master Bath Before
Master Bath After
taken yesterday outside Moraya Bay
On July 3rd NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released a report modeling the wind and ocean currents to project the likelihood of oil impacting addional U.S. coastlines.
In the technical report released, the model’s results aggregate information from 500 distinct scenarios. Each assume a 90 day oil flow rate. The model also accounts for the natural process of oil breaking down, and considers oil a threat to the shoreline if there is enough to cause a dull sheen within 20 miles of the coast.
Example- if 250 of the 500 models scenarios indicated a shoreline threat for a particular area, the overall threat for that area would be a 50 percent probability.
The Models indicated
Highest probability for impact extend from the Mississippi River to the western Panhandle of Florida.
Along the U.S Gulf of Mexico shorelines, the oil is more likely to move east than west, with much of the coast of Texas showing a relatively low probability of oil to 40% near the Louisiana border.
Much of the West Coast of Florida has a low probability 20 % or less and NAPLES AND FORT MYERS have a less than 1% of oil hitting our shoreline and beaches
Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas have a greater probability due to the potential influence of the loop current. We are extremely lucky that our beaches and water are clear and as beautiful as ever!
Here is the map indicating where the likely hood of impact is.