A record number of turtle nests along St. Johns County beaches kept dozens of volunteers who monitored the nests busy throughout the six month season which ended Oct. 31.
A record number of turtle nests along St. Johns County beaches kept dozens of volunteers who monitored the nests busy throughout the six month season which ended Oct. 31. Even though the north beaches are still recovering from the results of hurricanes and severe storm damage in recent years, it was still the nesting location of choice for sea turtles. This season with 1,157 nests beats the previous high of 868 nests recorded in 2010. Nine hundred and two nests were documented on the north beaches while Anastasia Island recorded 174 nests and Matanzas Inlet South had 81 nests. By species, the counts include 1,081 Loggerhead, 72 Green, and four Leatherback. An estimated 72,785 hatchlings have taken to the Atlantic to begin their quest for survival. The remaining 343 nests should yield thousands more. To learn why it’s important to protect the turtle nests, go to https://conserveturtles.org/information-about-sea-turtles-why-care/
The next sea turtle nesting season begins May 1. In the meantime, residents and visitors may enjoy toll-free entry on beaches. Ten mile speed limits remain in effect as well as one-way designations and parking regulations.
Veterans Day events
• St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South, will honor veterans at the annual Veterans Day Mass and Reception beginning with the 9 a.m. Mass. Veterans of all faiths and services and those currently serving in the military will be honored. Participants are asked to gather in the church narthex by 8:45 a.m. and then proceed into the church in a group. Military uniforms and unit hats are encouraged. Following Mass, a free continental breakfast will be hosted by the St. Anastasia Ladies Association for veterans and all those attending the service.
• Veterans Day program sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America Ancient City Chapter and the Veterans Council of St. Johns at Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A South, will honor veterans and commemorate the 75th anniversary of D Day. Doors to the church will open at 9 a.m. The Traveling Vietnam Wall and the 24-foot long War on Terrorism Wall will be on view along with dozens of displays presented by regional veterans groups. In addition, the C-Span interactive school room type traveling bus will be at the event and open for tours.There will also be a continuously running multimedia presentation. At 11 a.m., the program in the church, which seats more than 1,200, will shift to the main event starting with the posting of the flag by St. Augustine Sea Cadets Color Guard, and followed with music by the St. Augustine High School Arts Ensemble Singers and St. Johns County Center for the Arts Chamber Singers, led by Jeff Dodd. The keynote speaker Judge Howard McGillin, COL USA (retired), is a West Point graduate and presiding judge in the St. Johns County Veterans Treatment Court.
• The City of St. Augustine Beach will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 3 p.m. The event will take place at Lakeside Veterans’ Memorial Sculpture Garden, 2200 A1A South. The ceremony will be led by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Dudley and include a vocalist, honor guard, bagpipers, veteran groups and special guest speakers. Refreshments, sponsored by Sunset Grille and Winn-Dixie, will be served.
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