FPL’s Manatee Lagoon celebrates 1st anniversary


Florida Power & Light’s educational Manatee Lagoon recently celebrated its first-year anniversary with an array of family-friendly activities.

The event, held during the first weekend in February, welcomed visitors of all ages to discover one of the best places in Florida to spot manatees while offering free face painting, a manatee-themed coloring station, a caricaturist, tours of the facility and more.

The event also featured a book signing with Robert Scott Thayer, author of the children’s “Kobee Manatee” series, highlighting the marine adventures of Kobee the manatee. Attendees also were able to take “undersea” photos, posing with marine creatures. Everyone photographed received a 4”x 6” framed photo of their Manatee Lagoon anniversary experience.

Manatee Lagoon, which offers visitors opportunities to learn about the endangered and unique Florida manatee and the Lake Worth Lagoon ecosystem it inhabits, is an FPL Eco-Discovery Center located at 6000 N. Flagler Dr. in West Palm Beach.

The warm water outflows from the adjacent FPL Riviera Beach plant attract hundreds of manatees each year.

For more information on Manatee Lagoon, go online to visitmanateelagoon.com.

Pictured above: From left, Kristen, Brian, Zeke, Claire, Lily and Bobbie Stephens enjoy a moment of discovery as they read about creatures that share the manatee’s habitat at FPL’s Manatee Lagoon during the FPL Eco-Discovery Center’s first anniversary celebration held in early February. Photo submitted by FPL

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