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A new home for endangered sea turtles on Navarre Beach

Endangered sea turtles could have a new home on Navarre Beach this summer.

The Turtle Conservation Commission is in the process of building their first residential pool for turtles unable to survive on their own.
Jennifer Polus is a volunteer at the Conservation Center.

She grew up loving sea turtles and doesn't want them to die off. "The thought of my nieces and my friends being able to see them in the wild and have the same opportunities like I did, that is extremely important to me."

She showed us the construction plans for a new pool. "This is the beginning of our residential sea turtle pool. It is going to house 15,000 gallons and hopefully one or two residential sea turtles."

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for sea turtles to house here.

Polus says "We are giving them a sanctuary, a save place that they can live out their days as well as be an ambassador for the sea turtles that still need help."

Polus says with the new design plan, visitors will be able to see the turtles up close.

The Sea Turtle Conservation Center says they still have some construction to finish before the first turtle is installed.

They say the pool should open for visitors by the end of July.