- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - South Florida residents and visitors looking for manatees are likely to find them at a new viewing center built by Florida Power & Light.

Manatee Lagoon opens to the general public Saturday next to the company’s Riviera Beach plant. Admission is free.

FPL says the 16,000-square-foot facility sits on five acres next to the Intracoastal Waterway. The center features two levels of hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn about the endangered manatees.

The warm water outflows from the adjacent FPL plant have attracted manatees for decades during the cold winter months. In past, visitors could enter the plant grounds and see the warm-blooded animals. But heightened security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks restricted access to the area.

Manatee Lagoon will be open year-round, though manatee viewing will be best from November to March.


Online: Manatee Lagoon, https://www.visitmanateelagoon.com/

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