Tortuga Lane now open, volunteers needed

Zack the loggerhead

Zack the loggerhead, shown, is fully rehabilitated and ready for release, thanks to volunteers.

Submitted photo
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 02:39 PM.

The new road to the hospital is open.

The Town of Surf City has graciously allowed us to use Community Center Drive to access our facility while Tortuga Lane was under construction. Tortuga Lane is now open! With the opening of the new road the town has requested that we direct all our staff and visitors to begin using Tortuga Lane to get to our new hospital.

Luckily for us the connecting road to Tortuga, Charlie Medlin Road, has an easily identifiable landmark right next to it. Make the turn from N.C. 50 and 210 onto Charlie Medlin, which is next to the Shipwreck Point (Mini) Golf course. Follow the gravel road and the directional signs through the roundabout. Our hospital is the big tan building with the green roof on your left. Stay on Tortuga until you circle around and reach the parking areas and main entrance on the far side.

Winter gift shop hours

We’ve changed our hours to accommodate the influx of weekend visitors, and to let you get a jump on your holiday shopping. The gift shop is now open on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We can only accept cash and checks this time. We’re getting in new merchandise every week and have a nice stock of clothing, accessories, plush animals and other turtle “stuff,” most of it exclusive to our hospital. We even have some one-of-a-kind jewelry, crafted and donated by some our amazingly artistic supporters.

After you shop you can get a sneak peek at the turtles in our ICU, as well as the smaller patients that are now in residence at the new facility. “Lennie” hopes to be there soon.

Bigger hospital = more volunteer opportunities

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