ABOVE THE WATER
Bee Apiary & Butterflies
Some great info coming about our Bee Apiary and Butterfly By-The-Sea Programs.
Planting sea oats on the beach to trap windblown sand is not uncommon. What makes Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s program unique is that we have planted sea oats along the entire 2.4-mile length of our shoreline. It took five years and the efforts of more than 1,000 volunteers, but we now have a continuous, natural, self-sustaining dune system in place.
Our program started in 2013 after Tropical Storm Sandy. We lost so much sand (many properties were left vulnerable), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers implemented an emergency sand replenishment project to help restore the beach.
The beaches along Florida’s east coast are the largest nesting site for Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the western hemisphere. Between March and October, female loggerhead sea turtles – as they have for millions of years – crawl ashore under the cover of darkness to dig nests in the sand and lay their eggs. About 50 days later, the hatchlings emerge and scurry into the ocean.
Making Our Beachside Town Even More Accessible: New Mobi-mat Installed at El Prado Park
There’s nothing better than a sunny summer day on the sand with family and friends, so we’re excited to announce our newest feature in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea- a Mobi-mat at the El Prado Park Beach Portal! The Mobi-mat will make it even easier for beachgoers of all ages to enjoy a day at the beach with the added convenience of an extended walkway onto the sand.