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Delray Beach: City to host sea turtle program

By Jane Smith

Delray Beach will host its first sea turtle talk at 9 a.m. March 29 at the Northern Trust Bank at 770 E. Atlantic Ave.

The program is geared to barrier island residents to help them understand why the lights at night need to be lowered during the sea turtle nesting season that started March 1, said Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, the city’s sustainability officer.

The programs highlights are: Turtle lighting compliance by Kirt Rusenko, marine conservationist at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton; the Delray Beach dune landscape management plan by Rob Barron, former chief lifeguard for the city and now its dune management consultant; and an overview of the beach master plan by the city’s consultant on the project.

The program will last about 90 minutes. The Beach Property Owners Association will provide the refreshments. Public parking is available on the north side of Atlantic Avenue, adjacent to Veterans Park. Questions or to RSVP, send an email to: puszkinA@mydelraybeach.com.

Also on March 29, at 10 a.m., Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein will host a kick-off event for the beach promenade work along Ocean Boulevard. The program will take place at the pavilion where Atlantic Avenue meets the beach.

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