December 2, 2016   Volume 27, No. 33

Applications Accepted for 2016 NatureScape Emerald Awards

Do you have a Florida-friendly yard that is worthy of an award? Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 NatureScape Emerald Awards. This coveted Broward County award program recognizes homeowners, governments, business and commercial properties, schools and other groups that have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to promote or implement environmentally-considerate programs and principles. NatureScape yards are designed to improve the environment by conserving water, sheltering wildlife, using non-toxic chemicals, reducing storm-water runoff, and using recycled materials, among other things. Applications are due by December 31st. More...

Port Everglades Upland Mangrove Enhancement Gets a Positive Review

A recent environmental enhancement program by Broward County's Port Everglades that also addresses a berthing capacity shortfall has been given a positive checkup. The Port Everglades Wetland Enhancement Project recently received a "Notification of Trending Towards Success" from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for successfully establishing 16.5 acres of nursery-grown mangrove and native plants on property that was originally dry land intended for other uses. The notification is a critical component to the Port's berth expansion effort because it releases 8.7 acres of an existing mangrove conservation easement adjacent to docks for the widening project. The released acres will be excavated and the Southport Turning Notch will be expanded to make way for up to five new cargo ship berths.

Inaugural Broward County to Havana Flight Takes Off

The first inaugural flights from Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Havana, Cuba in more than fifty years have made the historic trip. These trips to Cuba’s capital complement other routes to Cuba that have been established over the past several months. JetBlue and Spirit are now flying to Havana with Southwest offering the new service beginning December 12th.

Library's New "Fast Lane" Checkout Improves Customer Experience

Broward County Library customers can now enjoy the Fast Lane, a quick and convenient way to check out items from a Broward library. Instead of waiting in line to pick up holds and check out materials, books, DVDs and CDs can be picked up at new customer-holds shelves and then taken to any of the new Fast Lane checkout stations. Fast Lane is part of Broward County Library's new Service Model launched earlier this year providing the community with longer service hours and more open days at library locations without any increase to the library's budget. The new option also allows library staff to provide more one-on-one assistance in addition to making more materials and resources readily available to customers. More...

Grand Opening Date Set for New Lauderhill Central Park Library

A new Lauderhill Central Park Library located at 3810 NW 11 Place, Lauderhill, will open its doors at 10AM on December 16th with a celebratory event for the public. The free celebration will include remarks from County officials and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with light refreshments. Representatives from Broward County Cultural Division will dedicate the new library's mural, Glory and Defeat by artist Ruben Ubiera. Additionally, there will be a musical performance by the World Music Ensemble from Parkway Middle School, a presentation by the Lauderhill 6-12 National Middle School Cadet Corp. and an "Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality" event with the Creation Station from 2 to 3:30PM. More...

Things to Do at a Park Near You

Ever stared into the night sky and wondered about those shimmering lights far, far away? That can be harder to do with the growing glow of growth in South Florida. But Broward County Parks has a solution. The South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA) opens the Fox Observatory at Markham Park in Sunrise every Saturday evening, weather permitting, for stargazing from dusk to midnight. The SFAAA also hosts the quarterly program “An Evening With the Stars” at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek, where speakers cover basic telescope techniques and general astronomy information. The fourth and final of this year's programs will start at 7:30PM on Friday, December 16th, and is free and for all ages.

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