Navarre Beach Restoration Continues Despite Turtle Death

The U.S. Corps of Engineers is investigating a second loggerhead turtle death at a beach restoration project in Navarre.

The turtle was picked up Monday night by a turtle trawling boat that was moving loggerheads out of the path of a dredge that pulls sand from the Gulf of Mexico onto the beach.

Because the death occurred during turtle relocation and not in the actual dredging, the Corps says it has not had to shut down the restoration project while investigating the incident.

A Beach restoration project in the Destin area was recently suspended until October 1 after dredging killed four sea turtles.

Officials say the loggerhead's death won't count against the Navarre project's record, which should allow dredging to continue.