BELOW THE WATER
Visitors to the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea often see scuba divers entering the water to make a beach dive. What the visitors may not know – but what the divers do – is that the Town has a living coral reef within 100 yards of its shoreline. The reef is so close to the beach, it is even accessible to snorkelers.
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.
Staghorn Coral Restoration
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is one of the few communities in America which has a living coral reef system located within swimming distance of the beach. We are one of the most popular spots for beach diving in Florida. Coral reefs provide valuable protection from hurricanes and critical habitat for tropical fish, lobsters, sea fans and corals. Unfortunately, like many coral reefs around the world, ours has suffered from natural and man-made events. With our fragile reefs so close to the shore, protecting and expanding them has been a high priority for the town.