By Steve Plunkett

    Just like last year, a mommy leatherback turtle has kicked off nesting season in Boca Raton.
    Gumbo Limbo Nature Center spotters found 2017’s first sea turtle nest March 25 in Spanish River Park. The location was well north of a city project placing sand on the beach south of the Boca Raton Inlet.
    Nesting season in South Florida is March 1 to Oct. 31. Boca Raton’s daily numbers are posted at www.gumbolimbo.org/nesting. Last year’s totals were 729 loggerhead nests, 38 green turtle nests and 18 leatherback nests.
    The Gumbo Limbo 10K, a 6.2-mile run along A1A and neighboring Intracoastal Waterway neighborhoods that benefits the nature center, will be at 7:15 a.m. April 9 at Spanish River Park. A 1-mile fun run will be at 7:20.
    Entry fees for the 10K are $30 through April 3 ($20 for students age 19 and younger) and $35 afterward. Finishers this year for the first time will receive a medal. The fun run is $15. Everyone who registers in advance gets a T-shirt.

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