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Sebastian Marina Owner to Reimburse DEP for Stolen Grant Funds

September 17, 2009

marina-1~Courts order man to pay $65,000~

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – A Sebastian marina owner was recently ordered to pay $65,000 for restitution and investigative costs to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as a result of submitting fraudulent grant applications to DEP’s Clean Marina Program. Damien Gilliams, 49, pled no contest on August 24, 2009 in the Indian River County Court to second degree felony grand theft and received a sentence of five years probation with adjudication withheld.

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Great fall programs at Morikami

September 17, 2009

One Hundred Years of Sharing Paradise
November 5, 7:30pm

sharing-paradise-1The past takes center stage at The Morikami as observers of local history  exchange views on early Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Yamato, the pioneering colony of Japanese settlers that once existed between the two cities. Read More

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Reptile Expo & Sale Featuring Marsupial Tree Frogs

September 17, 2009

flamingo-gardens-1Sunday, October 18, 9:30-4:30

1/2 price admission is $8.50 ages 12+, $4.25 4 to 11, under 4 free.

The event, presented in cooperation with Aviculari Productions, features Stop, Look & Learn about Marsupial Tree Frogs.  The females carry their eggs in a pouch on their backs.  Come see these fascinating Peruvian beauties.  In the Kids Korner, enter the coloring contest for three age groups and win prizes of plush frogs and metals.  The whole family will enjoy competing in educational reptile Bingo. The Kool Giveaway for adults at 3 pm is a $25 gift certificate to any vendor table at the show.  Purchase quality reptiles at great prices direct from expert breeders.  Guests are not permitted to bring animals for trade, sale or show to this event.

Special 1/2 price admission is only $8.50 ages 12 and up, $4.25 children 4-11, under age 4 and members are free.  Admission includes the event, the gardens, native wildlife exhibits with panthers, bobcats, otters, alligators, tortoises, turtles, free-flight aviary with 40 species of native birds, birds of prey exhibit, live Wildlife Encounter Shows and guided tours of historic 1930s Wray Home.  A narrated 20-minute tour by tram is extra.  Food, snacks, and beverages are available.  Parking is free.

Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary, 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, 954-473-2955,, click on Upcoming Events for details and to sign up for emailed event alerts.

Never been to Flamingo Gardens?  Visit the website Attractions page for panoramic photos to see just a little bit of what you are missing.  Flamingo Gardens is a 60-acre botanical paradise and wildlife sanctuary which exhibits and cares for permanently injured native birds and animals that cannot survive in the wild, and provides educational programs for school and camp children. A not-for-profit organization, it is supported solely by admissions, proceeds from events, donations, visitor purchases and memberships. Visit the gardens at 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, just 2 miles south of I-595 on Flamingo Road.  For more information call 954-473-2955 or visit and click on Upcoming Events

Ammunitions Collection Event Makes Environmental Stewardship Easy

September 16, 2009

ammunitions-1~DEP, SWIX and others partner to dispose of more than 770 pounds of old or unwanted ammunition~

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX), the state of Florida Fire Marshal’s Office and Kevin’s Guns and Sporting Goods collected more than 770 pounds of old or unwanted ammunition last weekend at an Ammunitions Collection Event in Tallahassee. This marked the fourth year DEP has co-sponsored the event.

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DEP Announces Stimulus Loan for City of Sanford Wastewater Facility

September 16, 2009

stimulus-1~Federal funding to protect environment, stimulate economy~

SANFORD – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded $2.6 million to the city of Sanford for wastewater management. The funds, part of DEP’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program, will fund the rehabilitation of the city’s wastewater conveyance systems.

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium to Give Away Free Holiday Party for Local Company

September 16, 2009


Clearwater Marine Aquarium to Give Away Free Holiday Party for Local Company
Event to Include Private Dolphin Show!

Clearwater, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2009) – To celebrate its new event hosting capabilities, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is giving away a holiday party this year for one local lucky company. With its unique facility and experience features, including private dolphin shows and interactions with Winter the dolphin, CMA is opening its doors for events ranging from birthday parties to corporate events. All you have to do is e-mail us an explanation of why you think the company you work for deserves this fun and unique holiday experience. CMA staff will choose the winning company.

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Elusive Blockade Runner Found Near Downtown Tampa

September 16, 2009

florida-aquarium-1Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2009) – The Florida Aquarium has spent the last four years researching and actively searching for James McKay’s confederate blockade runners burned in 1863 during the Civil War. The burning of these vessels by Union soldiers, along with a third ship scuttled by the Confederates, led to the skirmish at Ballast Point, Tampa’s only battle of the Civil War.

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Butterfly World - Super Savings - valid until Oct. 30, 2009

September 16, 2009

butterfly-world1Butterfly World Announces

Butterfly World Super Savings!

Enjoy these Great Savings from September - October 2009

Every Weekday!
Monday through Friday!
But One, Get One!

Monday! Tuesday! Wednesday! Thursday! Friday!

Buy One Full Priced Admission And Get One Admission Free Of Equal Or Lesser Value!

Must present coupon at entrance. Not Valid with any other offers or group tour discounts. No limit. Offer Valid thru Oct. 30, 2009.
All Super Savings promotions only apply to Day Passes.

Admission Rates: Adults: $24.95; Children (ages 3-11) $19.95; 2 and under are FREE

Customer Must Present Coupon at Time of Entrance.

Click here for Coupon

Enjoy Great savings from August - October 2009

September 16, 2009

butterfly-worldEnjoy these Great savings from August -  October 2009
Super savings
Located in Tradewinds Park,
3600 west Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL
Info: 954-977-4400

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DEP Announces Green Tip Contest; Unveils Improved Green Web Site

September 16, 2009

green-tip-1~DEP gearing up for Pollution Prevention Week 2009, September 21-27~

TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is kicking off its first ever green tip contest today in preparation for National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week 2009, September 21-27. The contest allows participants to submit their favorite green tip to DEP for the chance to win a free green cleaning kit and have their tip featured on DEP’s newly redesigned green Web site.

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