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5 Things To Know: Mote Volunteers Keep Eyes On Sea Turtle Nests

In the wake of Tropical Storm Debby, volunteers are checking on sea turtle nests making sure they're not in danger of being washed away.

1. is cautioning people not to touch sea turtle nests and let volunteers and experts handle ones that appear to be in danger from Tropical Storm Debby.

Mote staff says nests can tolerate some water inundation and still hatch. If eggs are not exposed, there is no reason to take action, according to a Mote spokeswoman. If eggs are exposed, please call Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at 941-388-4331.

A Mote spokeswoman also says it will likely take several days to document how storms have affected nests along the 35 miles of beach Mote monitors from Longboat Key down to Venice. The 2012 season overall has brought an above-average number of nests so far and thinks it will be a successful season despite the storms.

2. Given the storm surge and flooding going on, it's time to refesh yourself with what evacuation zone you live in and what conditions would activate your zone. Visit Sarasota County's Know Your Zone tool to find out by searching your address. Also read our story that, and other storm and evacuation preparedness strategies to consider.

3. Get to know the four finalists for Sarasota city manager. The finalists will attend a community reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 at the  where candidates will be able to chat with residents in a casual setting.

The following day, Saturday, June 30, the finalists will interview with the full City Commission and the Citizens Panel 8 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. at . The meeting is open to all. The candidates also will meet with the city's Department Heads the same day.

4. The Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix festivities are still going on this week, and today's event is indoors. A High Heel Hike For Autism will start at 7 p.m. in the where walkers will hike one kilometer around the mall. Pre-hike festivites go from 3 to 5 p.m. by Macy's. For more info, visit highheelhike.com/.

5. WSLR's Maternally Yours landed an exclusive interview with Maya Angelou that will air at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26. You can listen to it on 96.5 FM or at wslr.org.

Angelou will discuss her Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which opens June 28. Laura Gilkey, who interviewed Angelou on behalf of her co-hostesses Ryan Stanley, Carmela Pedicini and Cheryl Kindred, also asked Dr. Angelou about racial disparity, her sources of support and health inspiration, the Midwives Model of Care, and her personal reflection on the birth of her son and on motherhood.

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