Join Waterline Marina Resort and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch for a “Bon Voyage Bortie” Sendoff Celebration during Tour de Turtles

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Join Waterline Marina Resort and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch for a “Bon Voyage Bortie” Sendoff Celebration during Tour de Turtles

Posted by Kelly Stafford, June 2018

Island Conservation Partners Sponsoring Female Loggerhead in Annual Migration “Marathon”


Who: Waterline Marina Resort, Bortell’s Lounge and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring (AMITW)


What: Waterline Marina Resort, along with community partners AMI Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring and Bortell’s Lounge, is co-sponsoring “Bortie” – a nesting female turtle –  for the 11th Annual Tour de Turtles! Created by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the annual “marathon” event uses satellite telemetry to track the migration of turtles released from beaches in Costa Rica, Panama, Nevis, Anna Maria Island and other parts of Florida. The turtle that travels the most miles over the three-month period will be announced as the winner of this year’s marathon.  This year’s race begins August 1.


Last year, Waterline Marina Resort tagged and released a nesting female loggerhead sea turtle – Eliza Ann – in the 10th Annual Tour de Turtles who won first place in the race and second place in “People’s Choice.” You can see her story here!


When: On Tuesday, June 19 the public and Waterline guests will have the opportunity to be a part of the “Bon Voyage Bortie” sendoff celebration. Official tagging of Bortie will begin at 6:00 a.m. and the actual release will happen at 8:30 a.m. (date and time subject to change depending on weather and the nesting female). The sendoff will take place directly on Coquina Beach (location on the beach is still TBD). Spectators are encouraged to use the hashtag #BetOnBortie when sharing their photos and videos on social.


For additional information about Bortie’s release, please visit our Facebook page at



About Waterline Marina Resort

Tampa’s Mainsail Lodging & Development opened Waterline Marina Resort, a full-service resort on Anna Maria Island, Florida, this past winter. The boutique waterfront hotel offers exclusive amenities, distinctive services and numerous opportunities for guests to enjoy the authentic, laidback, beach town vibe of Anna Maria Island. The new resort features 37 stylish, two-bedroom suites with gourmet kitchens, a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities, 2,000 square feet of meeting space, the signature Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen restaurant and bar, and a resort-style swimming pool with oversized sun deck extending into the marina. Waterline offers exclusive beach access, kayaks, lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach toys. Through a partnership with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring, the resort will support efforts to maintain a suitable habitat for sea turtles, shorebirds and the island ecosystem through special guest programs, promotions and messaging.