Part II in a powerful series of blog posts focusing on CSR related issues.
Recently a woman from Wisconsin visited the beaches of FORT LAUDERDALE; it was January and her hometown was covered in a blanket of freezing snow. She and her college friends were overdue for a reunion and sunny South Florida seemed like the perfect place to convene. As her feet hit the sand she smiled and her stride quickened to the water’s edge. She stopped suddenly as the foam grazed her toes. What lay in front of her was an endless layer of jellyfish; almost undetectable at first with the sun’s glare. She was very confused. She knew jellyfish season in Florida was supposed to end in the Fall. What happened to her trip to the perfect FLORIDA beaches?
As a South Florida based destination management company (DMC), KONCEPT EVENTS is very concerned about the quality of the visitor’s experience at our beaches. South Florida oceans have become inundated with jellyfish because of the rapid decrease in the sea turtle population. The LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE is one of the primary predators of jellyfish, and as their species diminishes, the jellyfish population grows out of control. This is highly troublesome for our beautiful ocean and its delicate ecosystem. Not only do the sea turtles contribute heavily to the vegetation that produces numerous homes and breeding grounds for much of our sea life, but it also contributes to the vegetation that aides in developing the dunes that protect against flooding. Without the sea turtles, not only could the ability to produce enough consumable fish for the human population be affected but there would be a crucial shift in the marine life food chain. We are all connected!
For those who don’t know, sea turtle nesting season in Broward and Dade counties is March through October. Beautiful female sea turtles ease their way out of the ocean in the middle of the night to dig a chamber where they lay about 100 golf-ball sized eggs in the sand. They then return to the ocean and will never see their hatchlings; nature takes its course. The instincts of the hatchlings are to head towards the brightest horizon once they emerge from the sand, OFTEN CONFUSED WITH THE LIGHTS ALONG OUR BUSTLING STREETS. One of the most important things that our community can do to help protect this fragile process is to spread the word to locals and tourists. During nesting season, visitors taking evening walks need to be aware of the distraction they may pose and avoid carrying flashlights and watch their step.
WANT TO HELP?
- Join KE in donating to GUMBO LIMBO NATURE CENTER or a similar organization and you’ll have an opportunity to help protect and defend creatures that are struggling to survive in their own natural habitat. Centers like this not only protect the turtles, but they provide medical treatment to injured and ailing turtles.
- Stay at a CSR minded hotel like W FORT LAUDERDALE, a facility built entirely around the guidelines for sea turtle conservancy.
- Share this blog! Educating others goes a long way to changing the fate of the declining sea turtle population.
If we all do SOMETHING, we can make a small voice create BIG change!