- Published on Monday, 09 April 2012 00:01
- Written by Super User
(L-R): Kim Foust, owner of Island Chic, Jody Lamberto Smith with the Sea Turtle Project, and Jeanne McBane, owner of Jeanne’s Jewels.
By: BEV VEALS
On Sunday, March 25, Island Chic Consignment Boutique and Jeanne’s Jewels, Etc threw the Spring Kickoff Fashion Show for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project at Havana’s at 1 N Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach. The event raised a total of $1,300.
The Sea Turtle Project was presented with a check at the event for $500, which came from the proceeds from tickets sold to get into the event. The remaining $800 was raised at the event from the silent auction and raffle. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project may attend the orientation meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at the Federal Point History Center at 1121-A N Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach at 6:00 p.m.
The orientation meeting is for new volunteers, as well as for returning volunteers. They plan on ordering new T-shirts at the meeting, as well as catching up on the success of the 2011 season. The mission of the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project is to ensure the preservation and protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles, working within federal and state guidelines. The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project is comprised of volunteers dedicated to protection of all sea turtle species.
Sea turtle nesting season is from May to September. Volunteers patrol the beaches of Freeman Park, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach at 6:00 a.m. each morning looking for turtle tracks in the sand. Once they locate a nest, they mark it off and secure the area with signage regarding the nest.
At 50 days, they trench the nest and volunteers begin the nightly watch for signs of the nest hatching, protecting little sea turtles from predators who often destroy nests during the hatching process, giving each endangered baby turtle a better chance of survival. Sea turtles return to the area they were hatched to lay their eggs to begin the cycle again.
Kim Foust, owner of Island Chic and Jeanne McBane, owner of Jeanne’s Jewels, were both pleased by the success of the fashion show and were relieved the event was so well received. “It was a success and everyone had fun,” stated Foust. The fashion show featured trendy styles from both Island Chic and Jeanne’s Jewels. Both stores have in new spring fashions perfect for a stroll on the beach, a trip to the boardwalk or an evening at a shag contest.
Anyone interested in helping out the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project, or would like information on how to Adopt-A-Nest, may visit their website at www.seaturtleproject.org. To keep up with daily activity once the season begins, “Like” them on Facebook at Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project.