575 NW 24th St, Miami, FL Turtle Run Garden
Dr. Archie Fairly Carr Jr (June 16, 1909 - May 21, 1987)
Melbourne Beach is part of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refugee established in 1991 in honor of Dr. Archie Carr for his extraordinary contribution to sea turtle conservation. The refuge was created in order to protect the habitat of of the biggest loggerhead sea turtle nesting area in the US, this are represents about 25 to 30% of the loggerhead and green sea turtle nest, this place also serves as a minor nesting are for the very rare turtle leatherback. The refuge is located in a very developed area limiting access to the beach. The Service has ongoing partnerships with the State and county governments to preserve this areas. The System stretches for twenty miles along the coastline from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach. The primary goal is to provide protection for sea turtles and other endangered species in the area, as well as providing a compatible public use. Due to constant collaboration and support this group known as the Archie Carr Working group has protected nearly 900 acres and continues to constantly educate tourist and residents a like in the unique characteristics of the barrier island ecosystem.