Turtle patrol volunteers on area beaches say an estimated 80-90 percent of the turtle nests have been washed away by high surf from Tropical Storm Debby in what was shaping up — before the storm — to be one of the best years in decades for sea turtle nesting.
Jill Lovelace was at Englewood Beach Monday and saw turtle nests swept away. All that remained was a cliff and one or two stakes.
“An empty eggshell was washed over my foot,” Lovelace said. “It was sad but I suppose that is nature’s way.”
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