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10October

Fire Dept. Helps RescueHatchlings in Storm Drains

Sea Turtle Hatchling Rescue in Ft. Lauderdale Storm Drains with Fire Dept.

Our day of good deeds continue. This incident is both happy and sad at the same time. The good deeds of our volunteers losing sleep to save these endangered green sea turtle that would have never be rescued if our staff members Holly and Doug had not been in the area doing recon for unmarked nests just like this one. Holly and Doug were assisted by the kindness of Fire Company 13 and were able to locate five hatchlings alive in the storm drains on A1A. 17 dead hatchlings were also recovered in an area of A1A that stretched 1/4 mile away from the unmarked nest location. At 4:30 am one more turtle emerged, disoriented, was rescued and released.
It was the dedication of our staff and the help of Fire Company 13 that made the difference between life or death for the endangered animals tonight.
One good deed starts a chain reaction of more good deeds!
What Good Deeds will you put into motion to day?
12July

A Perfect Sea Turtle Hatch at Marriott

Marriott Harbor Beach Ft. Lauderdale FL - FT81 2013

Thank you Marriott Harbor Beach for continuing to improve your lighting to help sea turtle hatchlings find the sea. Keep up the good work!
21July

B Ocean and the Death March of Sea Turtle Nest #FT 237

In Memory of Sea Turtle Nest #FT 237

FT 237 July 21 2012 Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida IT STOPs NOW! Never Again will the B Ocean make profit off of the sea turtles by advertizing themselves to be the sea turtle friendly place to stay in Fort Lauderdale, until they are compliant to the standards of the Lighting Ordinance Ft. Lauderdale Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance Sec. 6-51, and no longer violate State Law Florida State Statute 379 Sec. 5. This video is proof they are not complaint to our laws to protect marine turtles! In the last two years B Ocean has been approached by several sea turtle conservation organizations ( S.T.O.P and Sea Turtle Conservancy) as well as Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ( FWCC) to make them aware of the lighting problem on their property. In the under two year that this property has been open for business, they have made very little change to their problematic lighting. We have reported this property to the City of Ft. Lauderdale Code Enforcement division numerous times. You can follow this case on the City of Ft. Lauderdale's website. https://www.fortlauderdale.gov/egovplus/code/code_dtl.aspx?case_no=CE12030172
27September

6th Grade Students Rescue 94 Sea Turtle Hatchlings in Rain

6th Grade Students Rescue 94 Sea Turtle Hatchlings in Rain from Illegal Lighting

In September 2011, Mr.s Verburg's 6th grade science class from St. Marks in Ft. Lauderdale Florida helped rescue 94 loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings from nest FT 772 (including a rare albino) from certain death caused by illegal lighting... in the pouring rain. The hatchlings were each named after the students of the class.
06September

8 Minutes in the Nightmare of a S.T.O.P. Sea Turtle Rescue Volunteer

Nest FT 688 - NE 9th St. & A1A Ft. Lauderdale FL

WARNING - CONTENT IS DISTURBING, BUT IT HAPPENS EVERY NIGHT WHILE YOU SLEEP IN FT. LAUDERDALE FLORIDA. We regretfully must show what we try so hard to prevent. We missed this nest FT 688 this morning 9/6/2011. 27 dead A1A NE 9TH st. (Primanti Bros. Pizza area) 2 made it to water unassisted. It is with a very heavy heart we must show you this graphic video. Our volunteers work tirelessly to prevent this from happening, but we failed this time to protect these hatchlings from the City of Ft. Lauderdale's decision to not enforce it's own 8 year old lighting ordinances. PLEASE email the following and ask they begin to enforce the ordinance from 2003. To take a single turtle is a federal and state felony. So why is this being allowed to happen every night? CODE OFFICE: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it CODE MANAGER: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it CODE OFFICER: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it MAYOR: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it CITY MANAGER: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
21August

NBC News Coverage - Sea Turtle Crisis in Ft. Lauderdale

By Jeff Burnside

Sea Turtle Oversight Protection says Fort Lauderdale is violating its own protective ordinance -- and harming turtles with street lights
By Jeff Burnside and Janie Campbell | Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011
A sea turtle rescue group is planning to protest street lights owned by the city of Fort Lauderdale that appear to violate the city's own protective ordinance.

Members of Sea Turtle Oversight Protection claim streetlamps on A1A are illegally visible from the beach, leading disoriented hatchlings away from the ocean and further harming endangered species.

After millions of years using the moon to guide them from sandy nests to the sea, baby turtles instinctively follow light once born. Bright, man-made lights have caused many turtles to die, a critical issue over which the city of Fort Lauderdale passed the lighting ordinance and issues citations.

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"They need to set the example," says STOP's Richard Whitecloud. "They need to say 'we're doing it so everyone else has to do it too.' I mean, it's that simple."

STOP's 125 volunteers comb the beaches day and night, and say they have observed hundreds of turtles heading toward the lights on A1A instead of the Atlantic Ocean.

An e-mail circulated among city leaders on July 15 defined "major problems....along A1A.," and STOP members say they warned Fort Lauderdale city manager Lee Feldman about the lights in a meeting on July 26.

But the city has responded to the controversy by saying Fort Lauderdale has made great strides in reducing lighting problems, even installing light shields they say have been approved by state officials.

"The City of Fort Lauderdale cares a great deal about this issue, and it's a complicated issue," said spokesperson Chaz Adams. "We're trying to establish and balance, between the safety and protection of the turtles and the safety and protection of our residents and tourists.

"All of those light poles are retrofitted with canvas hoods that have been approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for turtle season."

But clearly the lights are still visible on the side facing the beach -- and STOP volunteers are so irate that more than 100 of them plan to picket at Tuesday's Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting.

"We were very specific about our concerns because we're speaking from experience," said Whitecloud. "We're out here on the beach every night recovering hatchlings that are disoriented to the artificial light sources, in particular the city lights...it's heartbreaking."
20August

Down the Drains of the Parking Lot FT 505

South Ft. Lauderdale Beach Parking Lot

On Saturday night Aug 20th, nest FT 505 on South Ft. Lauderdale beach hatched in perfect view of an extremely bright parking lot light owned by the Sheraton Yankee Clipper and many city street lights owned by the City of Ft. Lauderdale. These lights have collectively killed thousands (yes 1000's) of hatchlings over the years. Our group has personally met with the city manager Lee Feldman in his office to discuss these very lights earlier this summer. Nothing was done and we were dismissed. We sent video of lost hatchlings at this same location just two weeks ago and many other reports with no response.
These lights are in violation of Ft. Lauderdale Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance Sec. 6-51, adopted in 2003 "It is the policy of the City of Fort Lauderdale that no artificial light shall illuminate any area of the incorporated beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida." READ ALL

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07August

Sea Turtle Nest Lost in Parking Lot

South Ft. Lauderdale Beach City Street Lights

An unmarked nest we missed. Several were recovered in the South Beach Park parking lot. The rest appear to have gone down the storm drains. The majority of the offending lights were unhooded city street lights on the west side of A1A that have been reported many times to the city of Ft. Lauderdale.
30July

Disaster at Sunrise Blvd and A1A FT 286

Sunrise Blvd and A1A Ft. Lauderdale FL

This nest disoriented to the lights of several properties at the corner of Sunrise Blvd and A1A, the same location as our FT 24 video and countless others.

In violation of Ft. Lauderdale Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance Sec. 6-51, many lights are visible from the beach, including the B Ocean Hotel which is brand new.

Ft. Lauderdale Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance Sec. 6-51 "It is the policy of the City of Fort Lauderdale that no artificial light shall illuminate any area of the incorporated beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida."

PLEASE help... Demand enforcement of the law. Federal, State and Local. Send Email or call:


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PHONE: Mario Sotolongo 954-828-6326
MAYOR: jack.seiler@fortlauderdale​.gov
CITY MANAGER: Lee.Feldman@fortlauderdale​.gov
27July

A Call To Ft. Lauderdale Code Enforcement

CBS 4 News

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) -- A group of environmental activists is calling on code enforcement officials in the city of Fort Lauderdale to step up action against businesses and homeowners that violate the city's artificial lighting policy and cause harm to sea turtle hatchlings.

Richard Whitecloud is the founder of the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, or STOP. He and a group of volunteers patrol Broward County's beaches each night, watching over nests, rescuing disoriented hatchlings and speaking to beachgoers and tourists about protecting the endangered turtles.

"The nesting habitat is suffering from our impact," Whitecloud said. "We have to do something."
21July

Sea Turtle Hatchling Disorientation FT 177

FT 177 at 209 N Lauderdale Beach Blvd Ft. Lauderdale FL

Seven of the 42 disorented finally made it to the ocean after traveling northwest and south west for at least 500 ft before reorientation.
21July

Mother Stuck in Beach Chairs - Marriott

Marriott Harbor Beach Ft. Lauderdale FL

July 2011. This nesting loggerhead sea turtle was found stuck in the beach chairs of the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale FL.

We also filmed this happen twice in 2010 at this same location with endangered green sea turtles which we were able to help rescue with officers from FWC.

This video was filmed in total darkness using infrared cameras. Do not approach nesting females. If you see a nesting female in trouble. Call FWC 888-404-FWCC (3922)
17July

Saturday Night "Alive" Ft. Lauderdale FL

How Ft. Lauderdale Cares for it's Sea Turtles

Night after night, sea turtle rescue volunteers spend dusk until dawn combing the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, each season rescuing 1000's of sea turtle hatchlings disoriented by city lights and preventing nesting mothers from being harassed with flash photography. Although the City of Ft. Lauderdale has had a lighting ordinance for over 8 years, code enforcement has chosen to be very selective about it's application during this time.
13July

Mother Stuck in Beach Chairs - Galt Mile

3650 -3600 Galt Ocean Mile Ft. Lauderdale 2011

3550 - 3600 Galt Ocean Mile Ft. Lauderdale FL. This nesting female sea turtle was discovered by Sea Turtle Oversight Protection volunteers during nightly patrol. This is a common occurance and is deadly.
13July

Hollywood City Truck on Beach

Hollywood Florida CRA on beach at night during nesting season

This is simply outrageous. Video taken by a SeaTurtleOP volunteer on 7/12/2011 on an active sea turtle nesting beach in Hollywood Florida.

STATE LAW Florida State Statute 379 Sec. 5 5. Any person, firm, or corporation that illegally takes, disturbs, mutilates, destroys, CAUSES TO BE DESTROYED, transfers, sells, offers to sell, molests, or harasses any marine turtle species, or the eggs or nest of any marine turtle species as described in this subsection, commits a third degree felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

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