Author: Jon Tietz

  • 10th Annual Loquat Festival a Resounding Success for New Port Richey

    10th Annual Loquat Festival a Resounding Success for New Port Richey

    New Port Richey, FL – The 10th annual Florida Loquat Festival was held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey. The event was a success, with over 1,000 people in attendance. The festival featured a variety of activities, including live music, food trucks, a loquat tree sale, and a…

  • United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow 2021

    United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow 2021

    Monica Starr November 2021 Monica Starr is an intern with Ecology Florida, serving as the Public Communications Facilitator for Ecology Florida News. Monica is a graduate student at the University of South Florida studying Global Sustainability. This past weekend, the UN kicked off the 2021 Climate Change Conference hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with…

  • California Oil Spill: Who is to Blame?

    California Oil Spill: Who is to Blame?

    An Ecology Florida Feature by Monica Starr Monica Starr is an intern with Ecology Florida, serving as the Public Communications Facilitator for Ecology Florida News. Monica is a graduate student at the University of South Florida studying Global Sustainability. October 2021 At the beginning of the month, thousands of gallons of oil was discovered to have…

  • Blue Carbon: Tools for Battling Climate Change

    Blue Carbon: Tools for Battling Climate Change

    Blue Carbon: the importance of salt marshes, mangrove forests and seagrass meadows as tools for battling climate change An Ecology Florida Feature by Monica Starr This article is the first of a three part series for October 2021 Monica Starr is an intern with Ecology Florida, serving as the Public Communications Facilitator for Ecology Florida News.…

  • Songbird Plague: Is Florida Next?

    Songbird Plague: Is Florida Next?

    by Dell deChant Special Report to Ecology Florida News How are the songbirds doing in your community? Although not widely reported, birds are dying at an alarming rate along the eastern seaboard.  The cause of the plague is not known.  Ecology Florida News is asking readers to report on the status of birds in and…

  • There Is No Once and For All Only More Once Agains

    There Is No Once and For All Only More Once Agains

    by Dell deChant It is amusing in a grim Greek-tragic sort of way hearing Florida’s Governor and other public officials boast about ending the environmental threat of the Piney Point gypsum stack – once and for all. Those were the exact words of Noah Valenstein, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, on April 13,…

  • Guest Column: Why Farmers Markets are Safer and More Convenient than Grocery Stores

    Guest Column: Why Farmers Markets are Safer and More Convenient than Grocery Stores

    BY JESSE HASKINS • AGRICULTURE LAW Buying groceries at a grocery store right now can be downright scary. Vulnerable groups, like the elderly, have good reason to be scared. Grocery stores have drawn especially large crowds, which may consist of people infected with the coronavirus. And grocery stores have plenty of potentially contaminated surface: grocery carts, tongs, self-serve…

  • Loquat News No. 40 – July 2020

    Loquat News No. 40 – July 2020

    Florida Loquat News The Newsletter of The Florida Loquat Festival Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit No. 40 July 6, 2020 Published by Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare http://www.ecologyflorida.org/ Here is Your Summer issue of the Florida Loquat News 2020 Annual Loquat Festival Postponed See inside for update on plans for the rest of the year,…

  • Florida Loquat News #35 – July 2019

    Florida Loquat News #35 – July 2019

    Florida Loquat News The Newsletter of The Florida Loquat Festival Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit No. 35 July 1, 2019 Published by Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare http://www.ecologyflorida.org/ Find the Florida Loquat Festival on Facebook Here is Your Post-Festival issue of the Florida Loquat News 2019 Annual Loquat Festival Tremendous Success Largest Attendance in Festival…

  • Florida Loquat News #33 – March 2019

    Florida Loquat News #33 – March 2019

    The Newsletter of The Florida Loquat Festival No. 33 March 8, 2019 Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event Here Comes the Festival! Sixth Annual Florida Loquat Festival March 23, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Frances Avenue Park New Port Richey Mark Your Calendars The sixth annual Florida Loquat…