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Everglades Delete 04/30/2014 at 10:52am

EvergladesEverglades Restoration Project
in Jeopardy

Lawmakers, environmental groups and local governments across the state are up in arms this week over a decision made last Tuesday by the Army Corps of Engineers to delay approval of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). The decision - which came, ironically, on Earth Day - came as a complete surprise to everyone as the South Florida Water Management District agreed earlier this month to be the state sponsor for CEPP, a vast $1.9 billion restoration project that is even supported by the sugar industry.

Tarpon Tournament Delete 04/22/2014 at 5:28pm

Tarpon Tournament‘Ding’ Darling & Doc Ford’s
Tarpon Tournament Educates, Conserves

The "Ding” Darling Wildlife Society–Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille have teamed up for a third year to host a tarpon competition termed a "catch, release, and care” tournament on May 3,2014.

"We are working together with Doc Ford’s and other partners to promote the sport of tarpon fishing in Southwest Florida and the importance of understanding and appreciating the amazing tarpon,” said DDWS President John McCabe, "so that future generations will have the opportunity to ‘bow’ to the Silver King decades from now.”

MRTF Delete 04/24/2014 at 4:59pm

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.

Little Estero Island Delete 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.