For the turtles: Sea Turtle Inc. multi-million world class expansion starts today

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — During the summer months, people pack the beach to watch the sea turtle hatchings shuffle their way to the water as the sun rises over the Gulf.

Yesterday, people gathered, too. But this was at sunset near the Bay and it was to celebrate a new, but different future for the sea turtles.

The sun was clearly setting as the board of directors for Sea Turtle Inc. shoveled sand.

In the process, they took a step closer to having a world-class facility to help turtles.

And it will happen quickly. Construction of this new multi-million state-of-the-art facility begins today near its current 5-acre site.

“The organization is top-notch, this is the pinnacle of its efforts,” said Steve Fowler, Sea Turtle Inc. volunteer and Port Isabel resident.

Phase one is expected to be completed in December.

The construction will consist of an amphitheater, a student center with indoor aquariums and additional parking.

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