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The Tales of the SurfsideTurtles
Turtle.jpgMarine-themed Public Art Captivates Surfside

"Turtlle Walk" - 93rd Street between Collins
and Harding Avenues

The subject of this unique public art event is the beloved Florida Loggerhead turtle – with a twist. Each Surfside Turtle is painted in bright colors with exciting themes by well-known South Florida artists. These decorated fiberglass turtle sculptures are made of a resin/fiberglass composite and stand five-feet high with a flipper span of four feet.

Centuries ago, sea turtles roamed our oceans by the millions. In the last 100 years their numbers have been greatly reduced. The Florida Loggerhead is the most common sea turtle in Florida and is classifi ed as a threatened, but not an endangered, species. Named because of its large head, which can be ten inches wide, it has powerful jaws used to crush the clams, crabs and other animals on which it feeds. As many as 68,000 loggerhead nests are found in Florida each year – including those on Surfside’s beach.

This whimsical public art display is produced by the Town of Surfside Tourist Board and resides on “Turtle Walk” at 93rd Street between Collins and Harding Avenues.

Through sea turtle research, conservation and advocacy, the Sea Turtle Con servancy is addressing the threats to sea turtles and the natural habitats upon which they depend. To make a donation, go to   

A "Call to Artists" was distributed to South Florida emphasizing local participation - especially Surfside artists - and they have beautifully decorated the statues.  Artists include Jackie Roche, Marcy Grosso, Dania Sierra, Puchi Noriega, Nancy Martini, Johanna Boccardo, Trish Jesselli and Marcie Ziv.

Click here to meet the artists.
For information contact Duncan Tavares, Tourism, Economic Development & Community Services Director at: or (305) 864-0722

For information about turtle conservation, please click here.


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