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Turtle monitors report mixed results

Turtle monitors report mixed results

Digging up the nest of an endangered sea turtle is illegal, with the risk of up to $125,000 in fines and even federal prison time. But that is exactly what Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrollers were doing the evening of Aug. 20. It’s OK for them. They have a permit and a job to do: […]

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Navarre Beach has had seven loggerhead sea turtle nests since the season started in May, said Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center founder Cathy Holmes. The season is off to a wobbly start but is an improvement over last year, when nesting numbers hit an all-time low.   Read the full article in the July […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Turtle hatching season nears record success

Turtle hatching season nears record success

Despite less than perfect odds, Navarre Beach is having a nearly record-setting sea turtle nesting and hatching season as hundreds of hatchlings have escaped to the Gulf of Mexico. There have been 19 sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach this year. The record is 20, said turtle patroller Cinnamon Holderman. Two of those nests were […]

Health insurance rates jumping 25 percent

Health insurance rates jumping 25 percent

Navarre resident Cinnamon Holderman found a shock in her mailbox last week in the form of a letter from her health insurance company. It was a letter stating that effective Jan. 1 her monthly payment would jump from roughly $700 to $1,030 for herself and her 16-year-old son. Holderman said she has never seen a […]

Turtle center hatches

Turtle center hatches

The wooden beachfront shack sat vacant, collecting sand and salty grime from years of lacking care. Mold had begun to grow on the walls, floors and ceiling of the county-owned building. Once a state park information center, it shut its doors in 2008, left to sit and rot. Until some turtle ladies, a handful of […]

Sea turtle killed by propeller

Sea turtle killed by propeller

A deceased loggerhead sea turtle weighing more than 150 pounds was found floating in the Gulf east of the pier on Saturday afternoon.  Cinnamon Holderman with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol was called out to assess the turtle.  The turtle had very pronounced propeller cuts into the shell.  Cathy Holmes, also with the Navarre […]

The legacy of “The Turtle Lady”

The legacy of “The Turtle Lady”

Gigi Naggatz was affectionately known as “The Turtle Lady” on Navarre Beach and she was a leading volunteer and conservationist who worked tirelessly for the sea turtles. She passed away Jan. 5 after a years-long battle with cancer. While she will be greatly missed by many, her spirit will live on through the many volunteers […]