Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s mascot, Fletch, celebrates Happy World Turtle Day with a very special cocktail

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 12.14.35 PMSouth Florida’s eastern coast boasts a myriad of exciting, aquatic offerings – swimming, surfing, and, our favorite, turtle sightings.

There’s a sunny stretch in Juno Beach that thousands of sea turtles will brave the Atlantic’s turbulent waters to reach. The beach is a haven for these oddly adorable marine reptiles, who favor the tranquil spot for nesting and depositing their eggs.

Nestled next to the beach is the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a 12,000-square-foot, green-certified facility that features a research lab, a resource center, a state-of-the-art sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, and more.

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It’s also home to Fletch (pictured above), Loggerhead’s marine mascot who likes taking photographs with the Center’s visitors, especially parents and their children.

We caught up with Fletch to find out what he had planned for World Turtle Day, an annual celebration that recognizes the importance of turtles and tortoises around the world.

“I try to help the environment every day,” he says. “I always practice my four R’s and a C: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect, and Cleanup.”

We ask how we can help turtles and he says we should head to Brio Tuscan Grille at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. “They created a special cocktail called: The Gardens Delight.

They give us a portion of the drink proceeds, which we put towards our efforts to protect the turtles and help raise awareness.”

We ask if he’ll join us for a round, our treat.

“Unfortunately, I’m not partial to alcohol but I like the positive benefits the cocktail brings to sea turtles like me,” Fletch says, smiling.

No worries, we tell him. You talk, we’ll tipple.

BRIO, Gardens Mall, VENUE, © 2014 LILA PHOTO

The Gardens Delight

1½ oz. Malibu Rum

½ oz. Midori Melon Liqueur

3 oz. Piña Colada mix

1 oz. Prosecco

6 oz. ice cubes

1 palm frond or pineapple leaf, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except Prosecco in a blender and puree. Pour into a glass. Float Prosecco on top. and garnish with a palm frond or pineapple leaf.

Photo Credit
Turtle illustration by John Meszaros
Photo of The Gardens Delight courtesy of LILA PHOTO

Brio Tuscan Grille
3101 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Phone: 561-622-0491

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