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Turtle Talk: Digging Holes on the Beach Can Harm People, Turtles

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  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is a new organization raising funds and awareness to help our guests and locals learn what they can do to protect our precious sea turtle population in the South Walton Beaches. Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles works to support the original South Walton Turtle Watch.

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    Turtle Talk: Holes


    Human beings seem to have a love-hate relationship with holes.
    We hate holes in our socks and holes in our roofs. But we love donut holes and holes in swiss cheese.

    We sing about the tragedy of a hole in our bucket, and yet we can’t resist peeking through a hole in a fence.

    This fascination with holes, both good and bad, is never more evident than when families visit the beach. This holds especially true of our beaches in South Walton which are made of soft, white, deep sand.

    Kids and adults alike can’t resist digging into that sugary goodness along the waters edge. I’ve seen grown-ups chatting and sipping drinks while they dig their feet deeper and deeper into the sand. Sometimes they’ll get quite a hole dug as they gossip.

    And the children.

    Good heavens, they seem to have a limitless supply of energy when it comes to digging holes. The same kids who can’t focus on homework for more than 10 minutes can work on the same hole in the sand for hours. They usually recruit other kids, families, even people they’ve never met to help make the edges perfectly smooth and the depth nearly to China. There’s something about a hole that’s just irresistible.

    But here’s where the hate part of the relationship comes in. After digging that beauteous masterpiece of a hole, folks are often hesitant to fill it back in. For one thing, it took so much work. And it represents teamwork and all the fun of a great beach day. Besides, after a full day in the sun, everyone is usually tired, hungry and sunburned. Filling in a ginormous hole would just be too exhausting.

    So here’s what happens next, hole lovers. For one thing, once the sun goes down, our beaches are very dark. People strolling along the sand at dusk don’t always see holes until they’ve taken a tumble. There’s nothing like a sprained ankle to ruin a vacation.

    But even more concerning to the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is the harm a simple, albeit beautiful, hole can cause to the turtles.
    Turtles belong on the beaches. It’s part of their natural habitat. Sea turtles often travel miles and miles to return to same beach where they hatched in order to lay their eggs. They have every right to a smooth, flat, natural surface they can maneuver on.

    And since sea turtles are built to swim, their flippers are very awkward on land; the only time they come ashore is to nest. Even the smallest hole or man-made pile of sand can impede them. It can confuse the mama turtles and cause them to turn around with their eggs unlaid. This can be dangerous to their health and the health of the baby turtles. They can also fall into a large hole and their flippers aren’t strong enough to help them climb out. That happened last year, and it took several strong people to help the poor turtle out of a deep hole on the beach. Her head was stuck in the sand and she almost suffocated.

    There’s nothing wrong with playing in the sand, making sand castles, and digging holes. But everyone should leave the beach as pristine and smooth as they find it.

    Maybe families can make hole fill-in a fun part of their beach clean-up. It’s a valuable chore and one that most kids would love to take care of. Make it a game. See who can kick in the most sand! Who gets to knock over the mermaid beach sculpture?! It only takes a minute, people. And if you’re not a hole-digger personally, please fill in any holes you happen to see as you’re taking that sunset stroll.

    Those holes we love to create can do a lot of damage to innocent and helpless sea creatures. We’re playing in their backyard.

    Let’s keep it safe for them.

    By Elaine Parrett

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  2. Beach Runner

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    I had a broken toe last year that was just about healed. I stepped in a hole and re-broke it. Had to wear the darn cast shoe for another two months. Argh!
     
  3. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles | Meeting on March 13, 3:30pm at The Bay

    Join us for the second general meeting of Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles! We will learn more about the Education Programs and Events being planned for the coming months. Friends of SoWal Sea Turtles is a new volunteer group in South Walton supporting South Walton Turtle Watch and providing education and awareness of the importance of sea turtle protection. Come join the group and get involved. You can help sea turtles by getting certified to walk the beach each day with South Walton Turtle Watch, and/or you can help in other ways via Friends of SoWal Sea Turtles.


    The board of directors only will meet before the general meeting at 2:45 pm.

    Be sure to join our email list by signing up online at www.friendsofswturtles.org
     
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    The spring breakers are here again. I walked from the beach access at Pompano Joe's to Dune Allen yesterday. It seems everyone wanted to dig big damn holes on the beach. In the sunlight it wasn't an issue, but after dark it became quite the obstacle course.
     
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    Folks on turtle watch found this...today I think! They are doing the thumbs down for the a$$hat's who left this!

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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Wow. Not good. People need some education.
     
  7. John G

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    My family has vacationed here for decades.

    It's a bit of tradition, Customary even, that we dig holes.

    You don't own the beach, don't tell me what I can or can't do!

    (Scarcasm intended)
     
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    You're going to keep on with your smart a$$ foolishness until Kurt decides he's had enough and you'll be removed again.

    You have systematically tried to turn every post on SoWal into your own personal pi$$ing match with people who don't agree with you about what constitutes "customary use of Walton County" beaches.

    Just shut up John!
     
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    Amen, Misty, Amen. What a total loser!!!
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    PLEASE respect and protect our beaches by not digging massive holes. Very destructive and unsafe for children, adults and sea creatures.
     
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    And that's a lot of work..WHY? It's vacation..maybe he works for caterpillar and just can't relax...
     
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    Wow lots of rude and one sided people here .

    Last I checked my opinion was as important as anyone elses.

    Perhaps due to the fact I don't sugar coat things, nor do I pull punches, I am Disliked.

    Research most of the posts and you'll see truth. Truth hurts those that don't want to hear it.

    I'm far from perfect, but I am entitled to my opine. Ask the advertisors on this site...
     
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    Opinions are like bettybuttons, John, but yours seems to be bigger than most.
     
  14. Easternlakefan

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    Yes, we go to the beach to have fun. It is also the home to many beautiful animals, plants, etc., "Nature". Customary use still means you put it back the way you found it at day's end.
    We all like to enjoy ALL the area has to offer but as I was brought up and children I hope have learned ; You return anything you do back to the way you found it before you leave for the day. You clean up after yourselves so others can enjoy what brought you there. You respect others' space and that includes everything that lives there. We'd all be nicer to each other. I remember those days on the beach.
    What goes around, comes around and if you complain when you get left with a mess but you have also been guilty of doing the same to others you have no right to complain. If everyone would respect each other and treat the area and others the way you'd like to be respected and treated a lot of these problems would not exist today.
     
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    Stop John G! Not one soul has said you can't have an opinion.

    WE ALL KNOW WHAT YOURS IS!

    1.) You despise Sheriffs Adkinson and bash him at every opportunity. You get away with that because he is a public figure. And of course you don't sugar coat your hatred...we ALL see it! I don't agree with everything he does but unlike you I don't take every thread posted on SoWal and turn it into my own personal pi$$ing contest with those I disagree with.

    2.) I've lived more "research" in this county in the 30+ years I've been here than you will experience in a lifetime. I know more about good ole boy politics, ruthless Sheriff's and those that went along to get along and draw a paycheck than you'll ever know! I know more about crooked, coked up lawyers, dirty politicians, back room deals and corruption but it doesn't have a damn thing to do with digging holes, not covering them and potentially destroying marine habitat on Walton County beaches...marine habitat I might add that have come to our beaches to have their young since Moses was just a gleam in his daddies eye! One has nothing to do with the other and you being sarcastic (by your own admission) isn't endearing anyone to your very selfish cause.

    3.) Riddly sea turtles, loggerheads and leather backs have been coming to OUR beaches since long before arrogant beach front property owners decided to rope off property down to the water line and will continue to come long after the next hurricane wipes those beaches clean just as Camille and Katrina did for MS. Marine Turtles and their free access to OUR beaches will still be federally protected unlike the claims made by people stating they own the beach.

    4.) Your truth doesn't bother me one iota because it's not backed by any law, federal or otherwise! Your attitude on the other hand and your attempts to derail every single thread on this forum with stupid hostility for anyone who doesn't agree with you is over the top and unnecessary.

    5.) Last but certainly not least, I can't remember the last time I was even on OUR beaches so in all fairness, I don't even have a dog in this ridiculous fight over private property and who can walk, sit or stroll along them and for the most part I have stayed out of the threads and have kept mostly to just to agreeing with or liking the comments of those who want to keep beach access free and uncluttered by ridiculous signs, ropes and chains by folks under the delusional impression that they own the sand. This has nothing to do with whether I like or dislike you and quite honestly, there was a time I even defended you but lately, even I am finding that to be a chore!
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    I wonder if the many South Walton Turtle Watch volunteers are welcome or not to walk their morning routes along "private beaches", a long time tradition on all of OUR beaches, to detect and protect nests as well as to watch for hatchlings and make sure they find their way to the surf. #customaryuse
     
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    They may not be welcome Teresa but I would think the Federal protection act for the protection of marine habitat (actual law) would take precedence over any private land use claims and prevent them from interfering.

    Federal laws do supersede any state or local laws.
     
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    I can't come down as much as I use to but I as a beachfront owner would and do WELCOME the South Walton Turtle Watch volunteers. And any other volunteers that are trying to preserve what lives and has lived there long before people. These people know respect and are helpful. They are not there to destroy or use the area for their enjoyment and leave a mess and dangers for the people and wildlife. In my younger days half my vacation time was spent cleaning up what I could and the other half enjoying what nature offered for my pleasure. That hole shown at the start of this forum I could never fill in now at my age.
     
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    That's insane. Seriously. Who would do something like this?
     
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    The same sort of people that have prompted more and more beach front owners to call WCSO about Trespassing, only to be given an SOP that tells them to put up signs and barriers...
     

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