Property Owners Handbook - Page 45

V I . H abitats Ordinance was established to aid in the survival of the Loggerhead species. The Beach Park adjusts its evening lighting from May to October in order to comply with this lighting ordinance. Though the beach provides much fun and relaxation, there is always a small chance of encountering an animal that may cause injury. The stingray is one such animal. Stingrays enjoy swimming along the bottom of the warm, shallow waters of the Gulf. Therefore, they are sometimes difficult to see. It is wise to practice the “stingray shuffle” when wading, so that you can avoid stepping on the stingray. Probably the most playful mammal at the beach is the bottlenose dolphin. This grayish-blue, curious dolphin loves to play and may often put on a show. The best time to catch a glimpse of their show at the Beach Park is in the early morning hours. These animals are truly a beautiful sight as they leap into the air, alive and carefree, and always with a smile. The wildlife of Bonita Bay has endured through centuries. Many animals make this community their permanent home; others, like the bald eagle, pass through the area every year. Overall, the otters, osprey, manatees, deer, alligators, and egrets have long enjoyed their home at Bonita Bay. It is our goal to ensure that the harmony among all habitats will always remain in balance. w w w. B o n i t a B a y Re s i d e nt s .c o m 43