Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Posted at July 2, 2011 by Comments Off

Big progress on SunRail Project in Central Florida

Governor Rick Scott has approved a public transportation project. On Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced that the Florida governor approved a $1.28-billion rail project in Central Florida after recently rejecting federal money for a Tampa-Orlando high speed rail. So who's paying for it? The major funding partners for the project are FDOT, the Federal Transit Administration, Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties and the city of Orlando. What is it? SunRail is a commuter rail transit project that will run along a 61-mile stretch of ...

Roseate Spoonbill nests decrease

This is the third in Quirky Flamingo's series on how Everglades Restoration would change the wildlife and landscape of South Florida's River of Grass: A 2010 study overlooked by the local media shows that the overall number of Roseate Spoonbill nests in the Everglades watershed was more than 60 percent lower than wildlife officials had set as a threshold for the Spoonbill's recovery. A copy of the report can be found here on the Web page for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (SFERTF).

Posted at June 25, 2011 by Comments Off

Tri-Rail Breaks All Previous Ridership Records

It seems public transportation has a future in South Florida. On National Dump the Pump Day 2011, Tri-Rail carried more passengers than on any other day in its 22-year history. National Dump the Pump Day was on June 16 and couldn't come at a better time amidst the soaring gas prices and tourist season traffic. It's no wonder South Floridians jumped at the chance, or in this case, on the train, to save a little money and have someone else drive them around. On that day only, riders were permitted to ride the Tri-Rail free of charge. A record ...

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

Rescued Florida panther, now 12 months old, will graduate to the wild

The rescued Florida Panther Kitten that I wrote about last month is set to be released into the wild soon. "He's grown up," Steve Steve Shurter, Director of White Oak Conservation Center, said Monday. The kitten, now 12 months old and about 85 pounds, was rescued from the Big Cypress National Preserve in the fall after its mother was killed. The Big Cypress National Preserve Panther Rescue Team, along with volunteers, rescued the kitten. The kitten was scrawny and malnourished, unable to hunt on his own. After spending several months at ...

Posted at June 12, 2011 by Comments Off

Your Chance to Make Miami Even Better

If you've lived in Miami for any length of time, you probably have some ideas on ways to make it better. On occasion, you may have thought, "Why aren't there bike lanes here?" "How are people supposed to get around on public transportation that runs on this kind of schedule?" "Why live in downtown Miami when I can't find a job that pays me enough to cover the rent?" Here's your chance to voice these concerns. The Beacon Council is inviting Miami-Dade County residents to share their thoughts about their One Community One Goal project, which aims to ...

Posted at June 10, 2011 by Comments Off

Wood Stork is one Indicator of our Wetlands’ Health

I'm always glad to see one of these endangered wading birds gliding overhead. These graceful birds are an indicator of the health of our natural environment here in South Florida. I was hiking along when I looked up just in time to catch the striking white and black plumage of this Wood Stork gliding above like a plane. Wood storks were listed on the Federal Endangered List in 1984. Their low population size ...

Posted at June 09, 2011 by Comments Off

Oh no! We missed the world’s largest solar powered yacht

A quirky bit of irrelevant news... The world’s largest solar powered yacht, the “Turanor,” made a pit stop in Miami and we missed it. It was docked at the Miami Beach Marina for four days last November. CNN: Turanor" -- so-named after a word that means "power of the sun" in J.R.R. Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- has so far stopped at Miami, the Galapagos Islands and Cancun, in Mexico -- the latter during the United Nations World Climate Conference. According to news coverage the boat looks like “a space ship and is covered with ...

Posted at June 09, 2011 by Comments Off

What is culture in Miami?

If you look past the for sale signs and ignore the tourist attractions, you'll find that cultural hubs are sprouting all over Miami. There are weird, creative and even eccentric activities that are producing and cultivating amazing local talent. Though I appreciate the agencies and philanthropists that have made establishments like the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and New World Symphony’s New World Center possible, I'm not talking about these people or places. Those established venues are great, but that's not where the creative ...

Posted at June 07, 2011 by 2 Comments
Category : Arts,Uncategorized
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A Bike-Friendly South Miami: Let’s make it happen!

Surely South Miami bikers consider the risks before hoping on their bikes for a short ride around their neighborhood.  Aggressive drivers, congested roads and the absence of bike lanes are just a few of the things these local bikers must brave. A new online petition created by The South Florida Bike Coalition aims to help. Below is the overview: "The City of South Miami is home to more than 10,000 people and is a destination for work, play and shopping for thousands of more people across the Greater Miami area. A city that is truly bicycle-friendly is safer and ...

Posted at June 07, 2011 by Comments Off

May 20 is Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 is Endangered Species Day. Perhaps the most famous endangered Everglades critter is the Florida Panther. In the spirit of the day, we're re-posting a great article on the Panther by independent journalist Bob Berwyn. Last Stand for the Florida Panther? By Bob Berwyn SUMMIT COUNTY — Florida panthers are close to making their last stand in the swampy grasslands and forests of the Everglades. At least 23 panthers were ...

Posted at May 19, 2011 by Comments Off