Palm Beach County’s Manatee Lagoon, sponsored by Florida Power & Light (FPL), is open to delight visitors for the manatee migration season through March 31.
Since opening in February 2016, Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center in West Palm Beach, attained certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit conservation organization, for its apt habitat management and related educational programs.
This season the center features a newly expanded cafe along with access to its popular “manatee cam” and a special Facebook contest, along with continued field trip and activity offerings.
"Manatee Lagoon provides learning opportunities for visitors and residents alike to better understand and protect manatees and the ecosystems they inhabit," Pamela Rauch, vice president for external affairs and economic development with FPL, said. "We at FPL have an important role to play in educating audiences about how our power plants benefit this endangered animal and Florida's constantly evolving ecological landscape."
Among the center’s accomplishments was this year’s Lake Worth Lagoon underwater cleanup in conjunction with Sea 2 Shore Alliance. Manatee Lagoon’s certified divers were able to extract debris, fishing line and other waste materials potentially harmful to manatees and other marine creatures.