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FEATURE: Key West Votes “NO” to Sanctuary Dredging

Mar 30, 2014 No Comments by

Key West Votes NO to Sanctuary Dredging by Lynn-Marie Smith Residents of Florida are used to battling developers and businesses that threaten the environment and quality of life in their communities.  Key West is certainly no exception.  Even if the City Commission tries to pass laws to protect things of value here, some with deep pockets […]

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Florida Loquat Festival: Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit

Mar 16, 2014 10 Comments by

The Florida Loquat Festival: Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit Inaugural Event April 5, 11:00 – 2:00 Market Off Main, New Port Richey Hosted by Market Off Main, Ecology Florida, and Friendship Farms & Fare The Inaugural Florida Loquat Festival is a learning and sharing event dedicated to expanding knowledge and appreciation of the Loquat Tree and […]

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FEATURE: Waking Up to the Demise of the Indian River Estuary

Sep 09, 2013 1 Comment by

Written by Scott P. Roberts My earliest memory of Florida is waking up to the view out a window of the Holiday Beach motel on Seaway Drive in Ft. Pierce.  A gleaming white ship was passing just outside, moving quickly and quietly.  As it glided out of sight my focus jumped to its white foam […]

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The Natural Price For The Florida Dream: Life In The Indian River Estuary

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments by

For many, life in Florida would seem incomplete without rich green golf courses and lush front lawns. That’s because along with the astronomical population growth the state has seen since 1950 has come the heavy use of fertilizers. Much of this history has also been marked by the use of septic systems for removing sewage […]

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OP/ED: Blue Gold: Reflections on the Condition of Florida’s Natural Springs

Jul 11, 2013 No Comments by

Written by Stephan Hoda Have you ever seen a Florida spring?  The Sunshine State is home to roughly 1,000 natural springs, making it the largest concentration on earth.  Yet, I often find my friends and colleagues are unfamiliar with these natural gems.  “You’re missing out,” I’ll say, enthusiastic to share a story or recommendation.  To […]

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FEATURE: 400

Jun 11, 2013 2 Comments by

Special to Ecology Florida News Did you miss it?  Early last month, atmospheric carbon dioxide topped 400 parts per million (PPM). With some notable exceptions, major news sources gave it light coverage.  Admittedly, its significance is largely symbolic – although there is a correlation between increasing atmospheric carbon and more intense weather phenomena, including the […]

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Dealing with Climate Change Deniers: Go With the Flow (Chart)

Apr 04, 2013 1 Comment by

“Climate Change is a hoax!”  Ecologists of all types have certainly heard this claim more than once.  Too many times, some of you may be saying.  The assertion surfaced in the last presidential campaign, when Republican candidate, Rick Santorum, used the terms “hoax” and “bogus” to characterize global warming and climate change. Santorum was following […]

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City of New Port Richey Adopts New Urban Farm Ordinance

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments by

Congratulations to the City of New Port Richey on the its new urban farm ordinance!  With the approval of the City Council on February 19, 2013, New Port Richey joins a relatively select (but growing) group of Florida municipalities with formal ordinances permitting farming on private property.  Notably, the New Port Richey ordinance allows for […]

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Recommended: Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments by

If you live in a neighborhood that happens to provide a “single stream” or “single-sort” recycling program, you’ve no doubt questioned its effectiveness.  What paramount of modern technology could possibly sort and separate paper, plastic, metal, and glass?  Frank Korten, upon the transition of his town from source separation to single stream, had the same […]

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Recommended: FDA Quietly Pushes Through Genetically Modified Salmon Over Christmas Break

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments by

In case you missed it, the US FDA released official reports the last week of December approving AquaAdvantage Salmon for both breeding and consumption.  A suspiciously advantageous time to release the documents, Anthony Gucciardi says, due to the inattentiveness of the general public because of the Christmas holiday.  If you missed this news as many […]

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