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County partners with Loggerhead Marinelife Center to prohibit balloons at beachfront parks

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County partners with Loggerhead Marinelife Center to prohibit balloons at beachfront parks

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​In an effort to promote the safety and protection of sea turtles, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Palm Beach County have partnered to prohibit the use of balloons at the following county-operated beachfront parks effective September 1, 2017:
Carlin Park, Jupiter
DuBois Park, Jupiter
Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream
Juno Beach Park, Juno Beach
Jupiter Beach Park, Jupiter
Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach
Ocean Cay Park, Jupiter
Ocean Inlet Park, Ocean Ridge
Ocean Reef Park, Riviera Beach
Peanut Island Park, Riviera Beach
South Inlet Park​, Boca Raton

Deflated balloons resemble jellyfish, a common prey item for sea turtles. At Loggerhead Marinelife Center, hospital staff regularly treat turtles that have eaten balloons.

"We're so grateful to partner with Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation on the Balloon Ban project," said Tommy Cutt, LMC's chief conservation officer. "Ending the use of balloons at these beachfront parks will help protect sea turtles and other coastal wildlife, as well as provide clean, beautiful parks for locals and thousands of out-of-county guests who visit them every year."

To learn more about the dangers balloons pose to marine wildlife, visit www.marinelife.org/conservation/.

The mission of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is to make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

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