Manatee Lagoon Hosts First Ever ManateeFest

As manatee season continues in South Florida, Manatee Lagoon is celebrating two years right next to the FPL Riviera Beach Clean Energy Center this weekend with the first "ManateeFest."  Manager Sarah Marmion tells us how the facility came about.

"Many folks who grew up in the area used to come and see the manatees, and then 9/11 happened and power plants across the world had shutter and take security matters pretty seriously.  So, when we modernized our plant right next door, part of the approval and recertification process was that we would open up the area so that they can come and see the manatees again."

She says Manatee Lagoon is dedicated to educating the public about manatees, which have seen fewer deaths in recent years and the population of the "sea cows" has increased.

"Manatees were downlisted from 'endangered' to 'threatened' and it's really based on the fact that the numbers have grown."

Sarah says the same rules of the waterways remain in place, however. 

ManateeFest will feature interactive events and fun for the kids.  It runs throughout the weekend.

Manatee Lagoon is open year round, admission is always free and if you can't make it there, you can watch the Manatee cam.

Click Here for more details on ManateeFest 2018.

Photo: AFP

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