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MRTF Delete 13 hours ago

Adopt A BeachMRTF Plans Adopt-A-Beach,
Rain Garden Programs

The Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF, an advisory committee to Town Council) have a number of exciting projects in the works these days, and - despite barely having a quorum last week - members had a very productive meeting where plans were laid for an Adopt-A-Beach program, an expansion of the BeachScape project and the beginning of a program where members will learn how to teach residents to create rain gardens in their yards, among other things.

The meeting began with Town staff liaison Keith Laakkonen - Environmental Science Coordinator for the Town of Fort Myers Beach - reporting that he still has a number of MRTF's educational brochures.
 

Little Estero Island Delete 1 week ago, 04/09/2014 at 3:00pm

Little EsteroLittle Estero Island Critical Wildlife
Area Gets Ready for Guests

As our snowbird visitors start packing and heading north, millions of other birds are heading toward Florida scouting for a place to nest or rest. On the south end of Estero Island is a special "resort” for them. Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area is one of 15 functioning Critical Wildlife Areas in the state. From April 1stto August 31st the area is staked off and protected for migratory bird nesting and roosting. This posting is necessary because accidentally approaching a nest or bird could lead to an adult bird leaving a nest and in only a few minutes the temperature of the nest could rise to a level that would be fatal to a young chick.
 

Lee County Elections Delete 2 weeks ago, 04/01/2014 at 9:40pm

Poll PadLee County Elections to Get an Upgrade

The Board of Lee County Commissioners (BoCC) had a busy day on Tuesday, first at their regular meeting where they moved forward with a project to complete renourishment projects on Bonita Beach and Lovers Key and agreed to purchase new equipment for the Lee County Supervisor of Elections that will expedite the voting process during the next presidential election. That meeting was followed by a workshop, where the Board reached consensus to work on making the Conservation 20/20 program stronger and to ask for suggestions from the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee (CLASAC) to help them do it.
 

Environmental Bills Delete 3 weeks ago, 03/27/2014 at 2:24pm

Audubon GroupBills Opposing Home Rule
Pass Two Committees

Two bills currently making their way through the Florida State House and Senate have drawn the ire of local lawmakers and environmentalists alike. House Bill 703 and its companion in the Senate - Senate Bill 1464 - the bills are called the 'Environmental Regulations Bill' in both sides of the state capitol and have been panned statewide as they strip local governments' of their abilities to enact ordinances regarding wetlands - along with retroactively prohibiting the enforcement of any local ordinance regarding springs, wetlands and storm water that were approved after July of 2003 ...