Turtle Festival draws crowd despite weekend rain

It was pouring rain when the vendors set up their tents for the sixth annual Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival, but the stormy weather let up just in time for the event, which welcomed thousands of visitors to George Core Park on Saturday.

The festival, which is held around the Fourth of July every year, aims to educate attendees about sea turtles and the importance of the coastal habitats they and many other species call home.

This year, almost 30 vendors and several food trucks participated in the event – alongside 11 educational booths, at which turtles swam up to guests in glass tanks.

It also featured the first annual Sea Creature Parade.

Live music was intermittently interrupted for informative turtle talks, which discussed several local species of turtle and the important roles they play in the Florida ecosystem.

 “We give a huge thank you to all of our 2022 festival sponsors, who help us make this festival happen for our community,” the Florida Coastal Conservancy said in a Facebook post. 

“Please support this wonderful group by checking out their services – Bradley’s Automatic Gates Inc., DragonFly Photo Design, Flyaway Paper Straws, Gulf 2 Bay Development and Construction, Panache Tent & Events, Scallop RePUBlic, Knot Forgotten Vacation Rentals, and Carol & Dave Motil.”

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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