Bright and Brief
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Scrub out those hotel bathtubs 3/8
The 31st Porsche Parade is coming here, and one tourist official has warned local hostelries that some owners like to take the tires off their pampered German sports cars and wash them lovingly in the tub.
The Porsche owners also need plenty of breathing room, said Trudy C. McNulty, who is helping Portland prepare for the more than 1,300 visitors and 500 Porsches that could stream into town for the convention next week.
″They have to have 1 1/2 spaces per car in the garages to put their car in so they don’t get any door dings,″ said McNulty said.
The parade is an event of the 24,000-member Porsche Club of America, a blue-chip meeting that could pump as much as $2 million into the local economy, McNulty said.
″Within the range of conventions you can get, you obviously want the most upscale - this one’s highly coveted,″ she said.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Lifeguard Brian Keith has to keep his eye on more than swimmers, these days.
Keith is guarding eggs a loggerhead turtle deposited on the beach beside his swimming pool’s wall on June 24 at a state park on the Gulf of Mexico.
The turtle, which weighed between 200 to 300 pounds, buried about 65 eggs in the white sand and departed as about 30 beachgoers observed.
″She just came up, dug a hole, squeezed ’em out and left,″ Keith said.
Since then, the area has been cordoned off by parks officials waiting for the eggs of the federally protected turtle to hatch.
″So far, we’ve been lucky,″ says Annette Salvatore, a naturalist at the park. ″It’s been well protected and everybody seems to be leaving it alone.″
If all goes well, about 65 turtles, each about an inch and a half in diameter, will hatch and scramble to the surface in late August, then head for the sea, about 15 yards away.
Penalties for killing loggerhead turtles include a $10,000 fine and a year in prison. The same penalties would apply to anyone who destroyed the buried eggs.
Life already is tough enough for the loggerheads, common along Alabama’s Gulf Coast years ago, but reduced because of development and tourism.
Only a fraction of the newborns survive their first precarious days of life. Seabirds like to snatch them up when they scramble to sea, and large fish feed on them if they are lucky enough to make the water.
Each year, Ms. Salvatore says, two or three adult loggerheads get caught in a fishing net and drown or get fatally clipped by a boat propeller. Her main priority is making sure the baby turtles get a fighting chance.
Keith said he wanted to be around when hatching begins: ″It’s going to be wild.″