Sound Environmental Stewardship For Our Waterways and Resources
Education and Funding For Marine Life Protection & Rescue
Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. serves as one of Florida's most environmentally responsible and economically sustainable real estate development and operating companies, creating and maintaining projects meeting the needs of the community, and providing good stewardship of the land and water resources of the State. Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. is the owner, operator and developer of thirteen marina facilities from Miami north to Vero Beach, Florida, all under the Loggerhead Marina® brand. The company actively supports and seeks the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) "Clean Marina" status for all marina facilities, ensuring that water quality will be maintained for new generations to come.
Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. has made a commitment to the ecosystem, actively promoting sound environmental stewardship and funding marine life protection and rescue.
Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. has formed a long term association with Loggerhead Marinelife Center , in Juno Beach, FL, pledging a major donor gift that enabled the world renowned turtle research and rescue facility to build an entirely new 13,000 square foot home with outdoor exhibits on 1-1/2 acres in Juno Beach. The new facility, now named Loggerhead Marinelife Center, will further the dedication to the rescue, rehabilitation, protection and preservation of marine resources, especially the Loggerhead, Leatherback and Green Sea turtles. The new research and education facility opened to the public in fall of 2006.
About Loggerhead Marine Life Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is located 200 yards from the Atlantic Ocean in Loggerhead Park at 14200 US Hwy#1, Juno Beach, FL. The educational center and rehabilitation facility for sea turtles and other marine creatures currently includes aquariums, exhibits, a Sea Turtle hospital, turtle walks and Sea Turtle monitoring along 5.5 miles of the Juno-Jupiter Beach. A world-renowned Leatherback Sea Turtle research program is run from Loggerhead Marinelife Center while the research and rescue program monitors nesting activity, tags animals, and satellite tracks large sea turtles.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center, formerly known as, The Marinelife Center of Juno Beach, is a non profit education and conservation facility dedicated to the conservation and preservation of marine life, including threatened and endangered sea turtles, and promotes its activities through education, research and rehabilitation. Loggerhead Marinelife Center was created "to promote conservation of marine life through education, research and rehabilitation with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles." The facility began through the dedicated efforts of interested locals, drawing the interest and support of scientific and environmental communities and volunteers, and is now widely recognized as one of the world's premier marine life research and rescue operations.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is the recipient of a capital building project grant from Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. that created an all new, 13,000 s.f. facility on the site. The new facility houses expanded research and rescue operations, exhibit and teaching spaces, and will be open to the public while fostering and promoting researchers from scientific communities around the world.
The new Loggerhead Marinelife Center features a full size bronze artist's depiction of the adult Loggerhead, which is accurate in every detail. Commissioned by Seven Kings Holdings, Inc., this art is replicated at each of the thirteen Loggerhead Marina locations, from Miami North to Daytona Beach. The commissioned art will serve to draw attention to the cause of endangered marine life and foster donations to the research and rescue operations of Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
Sea turtle species treated at Loggerhead Marinelife Center include Leatherback, Green/Black, Hawksbill, Kemp's Ridley, and Loggerhead sea turtles. Loggerhead turtles are treated from hatchlings, juveniles to adults, with conditions arising from buoyancy problems, cold stunning, capture in nets and long lines, cranial and other trauma, ingesting foreign bodies such as hooks and plastic debris mistaken for jellyfish, and contamination from oil/tar pollution.
In the summer, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center rescues stranded turtles, including "wrong-way" hatchlings, distracted by an overabundance of light spilling from inland causing the hatchlings to mistakenly head away from the sea.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center provides captive management, research, rehabilitation, hatchling management, release of hatchlings back into the sea, and public display and education. The Center provides treatment including surgery and therapeutic rehabilitation of injured sea turtles.
As part of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center mandate, research projects are conducted each year by staff. A new research project was begun in 2001 in response to the increase in Leatherback nesting on Juno Beach. The project identified individual female Leatherbacks using this beach, and studied the success of their nests. Leatherbacks are the most endangered species nesting on Juno Beach, and information gathered about their life history and nesting habits will contribute to their recovery in US waters.
Sea turtle nesting is monitored from March 1st until October 31st along 5.4 miles of beach.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. Educational and entertaining displays in the current facility include salt water aquariums and displays of marine life, as well as exhibits about south Florida's marine environment.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center has reef tanks with a variety of reef fish, and touch tanks with live Conchs and Hermit Crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers, shrimp, and other crabs. Exhibits include a sea shell specimen and display room, which identifies all of the sea shells found on Loggerhead Beach; and educational turtle exhibits including turtle shells, turtle skulls, preserved specimens, and artist's sculptures and paintings depicting the Sea Turtle's life cycle.
The all new Loggerhead Marinelife Center is designed and built in an indigenous Florida architectural vernacular, featuring tin roofs, overhangs, breezeways, decks and loggias to make natural use of the Florida climate and beachfront location. The structures are designed and built according to sustainable 'Green' building practices. Green Building is a term coined by the US Green Building Council [USGBC], an organization formed to foster economically sound, responsible and healthy building practices.
The program includes materials, building systems, methods of construction used in the building, and governs all aspects of the building process, including how water is used at the site and waste management during and after construction. Other regulatory features include responsible use of energy resources, applications for heating and cooling systems, and the use of natural, renewable building materials. Members support sustainable building practices and those organizations that support and foster them, including working with key governmental and resource agencies to transform the building industry.
The Green Building Council sponsors a LEED certification program that can be sought for design professionals and the buildings themselves. The LEED certification program is a national consensus-based, market-driven building rating system designed to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices, and is a leading-edge system for designing, constructing and certifying the world's greenest and best buildings.
The new Loggerhead Marinelife Center is built on land adjacent to the current site at Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach. The programs will bring national and local scientific researchers to the facility and extend the wildlife conservation and research program benefits worldwide. Juno Beach is located between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean where the beaches are among the densest areas in the Western Hemisphere for nesting endangered loggerhead sea turtles.
Seven Kings Holdings, Inc., will educate, inform and protect marine life resources through their ongoing educational efforts. To continue the cause, Loggerhead Marina will locate an educational kiosk at all of their marina locations to explain endangered sea life and promote rescue and rehabilitative funding.
About the Loggerhead Marine Life Center Facility
The Marinelife Center of Juno Beach, now Loggerhead Marinelife Center , is the recipient of a major donor gift by Loggerhead Marina®, the premier South Florida operator of marina Club properties along Florida's East Coast. The donor gift established the current new building program.
The new facility offers live educational indoor and outdoor exhibits:
LOGGERHEAD MARINA LIFE CENTER BUILDING
An all new 13,000 square foot facility located on 1-2 acres in the ocean-front Loggerhead Park, on Route U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Access from U.S.1 and plenty of parking both at the Center and within the Park, makes Loggerhead Marinelife Center a highly desirable destination for families, schools and other visitors.
COASTAL LEARNING / MEDIA WING
With views of the ocean, instruction on Sea Turtles and their habitat, coastal conservation & the Jr. Marine Biology Program takes place in the new multi-purpose education wing. Loggerhead Marinelife Center has the ability for simultaneous presentations increasing the Center's ability to reach over 250,000 children, adults and researchers on site.
Outdoor Sea Turtle Recovery Area
The goal for each sea turtle receiving treatment is release back to the ocean. Sea turtles are cared for in this outdoor tank area while undergoing rehabilitation.
SEA TURTLE HEALTH CENTER
The new Veterinary Center allows Loggerhead Marinelife Center to provide immediate on-site medical, surgical and diagnostic treatments to sea turtles in this indoor facility. Students of marine biology and researchers have the ability to learn, working side by side with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center veterinarians. Data collected through the Veterinary Center procedures provide the basis for multiple research projects.
HAWKSBILL OBSERVATION DECK
While enjoying ocean views, visitors, students and researchers have the rare opportunity to view and learn from Sea Turtles undergoing treatment in outdoor marine tanks. The elevated Observation Deck accommodates 50-60 people for outdoor presentations and turtle viewing.
COASTAL EXHIBITION ROOM
Visitors enjoy interactive educational exhibits, live aquariums and other exhibits that address marine life habitat and conservation issues.
Surrounding the inside perimeter of the new building, covered Florida-style verandas provide access to all public areas of the new facility. The verandas overlook the outdoor turtle yards. Breezeways and arcades along the verandas provide additional exhibit and information areas.
Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as scientists from all over the world come to the Center to work on research projects addressing sea turtle behavior and ecology, veterinary care and nesting beaches. The new research lab will expand opportunities for cooperative research projects with other marine science institutions, colleges and universities.
An elevated outdoor pavilion is used daily by visitors to enjoy views of the ocean and park. The pavilion offers a unique space for special events and presentations.
Upon entering Loggerhead Marinelife Center, all visitors will immediately be surrounded by fascinating exhibits. The Welcome Center features a reception area and provides visitors with access to the Gift Shop, Museum, and verandas overlooking the courtyards and touch tank areas. The main entry is a planned hub of activity.
From books to jewelry to pieces of art, the gift shop is the place for unique gift purchases related to Florida's natural history, the coastal environment and marine life. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center gift Shop is a favorite stop for visitors.
OCEAN WATER FILTRATION
Sand filtered ocean water is used in the sea turtle recovery tanks. As a result, turtles are able to recuperate without the additional stress of adapting to an unfamiliar water environment.
A wonderful outdoor area complete with a children's touch tank, the courtyard can accommodate 300-400 people and may be used by all visitors and children. The courtyard serves as an especially attractive area for outdoor events and exhibits.
One of the most effective teaching tools, the touch tank features fish, sponges and other live marine creatures for children to touch and watch. The touch tank is a popular educational draw, providing an unforgettable hands-on experience.
This stand-alone building functions as both a workshop and provides storage for up to five All Terrain Vehicles, necessary for turtle nesting counts and other scientific use.
Florida is home to five species of endangered turtles, the Hawksbill Turtle, Kemp's Ridley, Loggerhead Turtle, Leatherback Turtle and Green Turtle and over 90% of all sea turtle nesting in the continental United States takes place on Florida beaches. Sea turtle conservationists use sophisticated methods to rescue and rehabilitate stranded turtles, which are turtles that have been injured or entangled in nets or debris, and over half (54%) of all stranded turtles are Loggerheads.
More than 1,270 dead or debilitated sea turtles were found in Florida during 2001 in 2002, the greatest numbers since monitoring began in 1980, and researchers are still tracking the potential nesting and survival consequences of the four consecutive hurricanes of the 2004 season.
What threatens sea turtle survival? Ingesting Plastic litter and debris or becoming entangled in debris causes the death or stranding of thousands of sea turtles each year. Turtles become sick or die from eating plastic bags and balloons floating in the water, which sea turtles mistake for one of their main food sources, jellyfish. Incidental capture of sea turtles in the nets of the commercial fishing industry is also an important threat to survival.
Artificial Lighting can disturb nesting sea turtles as they seek dark, quiet beaches to lay their eggs. Lights from buildings along the beach distract and confuse the females as well as the new hatchlings, where they can be drawn towards the artificial light source instead of the natural light shining on the water. Walls, sandbags and barriers called coastal armoring can prevent the 100 to 400 pound turtles from reaching their nesting grounds. Beach re-nourishment programs can destroy or delay nesting, and pollution of our waterways from marine fuels and fertilizer runoff can significantly impact species survival. Turtles nest along the Florida coast from March to October, many swimming as many as 2,000 miles to reach their nesting grounds. The more than 100 eggs deposited in a turtle nest will hatch in about 60 days if undisturbed, and the hatchlings will have to reach the water before sun and predators take their toll.
Comments from Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. and the Loggerhead Marine Life Center
"It is our pleasure to contribute to an organization that is instrumental in the future of Florida," said Raymond Graziotto, COO of Loggerhead® Marina. "Those of us with a passion for clean water and in protecting our marine habitat, greatly appreciate the dedicated efforts of Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
Our investment in the programs and the facilities of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach clearly demonstrate our commitment to the environment and waterways of Florida. Marine wildlife and its protection matter to us. Their health and well-being is a focus and priority for our development team."
JC Solomon II, Loggerhead® Marina Chairman, agreed, stating, "We are extremely pleased to have participated in this definitive agreement to invest in the expansion of the center. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a leading player in the growing environmental clean air and water movement, in serving the clinical and research market as well as reaching and educating the public. This new center caters to marine and biologic and biotechnology clients and partners including those from major universities and research centers, and has the potential of generating strong recurring revenues that will go directly back into conservation.
This growth enables us, as Loggerhead® Marina partners with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, to further widen the range of services to our scientific and environmental community, and diversify our rescue and research programs across multiple strong approaches.
Florida attracts more than 70 million visitors a year, three times more people than the population of Texas, and a significant number of those visitors want to see the ?real? Florida in a natural environment. Add to that the many thousands of school children on educational outings, and researchers from all over the world and you can see the number of visitors the center needs to accommodate.?
"Visitors to Loggerhead Marinelife Center's new facility will now be able to participate in the hands-on attractions of Florida's natural habitat, and have enhanced educational opportunities within a world-class destination exhibit," said Nanette Lawrenson, Loggerhead Marinelife Director. "Our partnership with the Loggerhead Marina gives the community and the State exciting indoor and outdoor exhibits and spaces. We will be able to fulfill our dual role, delivering the most up to date marine research in the scientific and marine communities, and allowing us to attract widespread attention to this most vital cause of marine life conservation.
The improvements we're making at the new Loggerhead Marinelife Center reflect our expertise, and by upgrading our center we will increase the educational and experiential value for our visitors and for our scientists. The research and turtle rescue program has been one of the most successful in the State, and we believe that with this dramatic new facility and the addition of significant new features, the new facility reflects the latest in marine research and technology.
Visitors will love the Loggerhead Marinelife Center?s significantly upgraded interior and exterior. Our new look goes with the great energy we've created, delivering the most up to date marine research in the scientific and marine communities. Now the center looks as appealing as it has been to us all along.
We are very enthusiastic about the role of our scientific and environmental community partnership with the Loggerhead® Marina and Seven Kings Holdings, Inc, as well as becoming a branded Loggerhead facility. These capabilities and relationships will enable us to offer and provide larger clinical spaces to our scientists, have large scale educational and theatrical productions, and be host to visitors from all over the world. The combination gives us the scale to pursue larger functional abilities in clinical areas, and reach out to the public with expanded educational and rescue operations where we have extensive clinical, educational and research staffing expertise.
This is good news for the thousands of Marine biology and environmental researchers, consulting clients and customers," said Lawrenson. "We'll have newly expanded geographic outlets for our research operations, and we'll have more capabilities in rescue and clinical rehabilitation. Our formula has not changed. We are here to make our efforts at research and rescue more successful. Our mission will be all the more important as we direct and focus our efforts, and we have full expectation that we will be saving the endangered species, ultimately."
Maintaining Florida's Fragile Ecosystems
Florida is home to over 800,000 registered boaters and an additional estimated 400,000 boats visit our waters annually. Clean water is essential to the multi-billion dollar marine industry and critical for protecting sensitive habitats, manatees, sea turtles and other aquatic residents. The effects of year-round boating activities contribute to constant and growing pressure on Florida's fragile aquatic ecosystems. Under the Loggerhead Marina brand, the company actively supports and seeks the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) "Clean Marina" status for all marina facilities, ensuring that water quality will be maintained for new generations to come.
The Clean Marina designation recognizes marinas that are operating their facility in an environmentally conscientious manner, and that Florida's waterways will remain pristine and safe for future generations.
The Clean Marina Program was developed by a partnership that includes DEP, Marine Industries Association, Florida Sea Grant Program, and the United States Coast Guard. In order to receive the Clean Marina designation, marinas must comply with all environmental regulations and meet Clean Marina Criteria. Clean Marinas adopt safeguards that help keep solvents, sewage and fuel out of the water, while protecting manatees and other creatures that live in the water. The Clean Marina designation gives boaters a recognizable, environmentally sound choice for their service and mooring needs.
Loggerhead® Marina is owned by Seven Kings, Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Jupiter Beach, Florida. Seven Kings Holdings is a premier development and holdings company independently owned and operated with luxury marinas and properties in its portfolio.
Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. , and its principals Raymond Graziotto and JC Solomon II, is a private real estate development and management firm recognized for their reputation for creating, acquiring, holding and managing lifestyle, resort, commercial, office and marina communities nationally and in the Southeast. Principals of the Jupiter-based Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. have more than three decades of experience in real estate development and sales; hospitality development and management and operation; and the development and operation of marinas and luxury residential multi-family development.
Seven Kings Holdings, Inc. developed a 180 million dollar marina and luxury condominium development in Riviera Beach, Florida with Boca Developers and the Swerdlow Group, all recognized leaders in South Florida real estate development. In addition, Seven Kings Holdings, inc. has a specialty in marina development, acquisition and management and is actively in the process of branding their marina properties and offerings.
The Company has 30 years in real estate development and maintains a 'buy and hold' portfolio consisting of millions of square feet of Class A properties, and other luxury amenities properties.