July 2014

Teen volunteers help tag a manatee for the Marine Animal Rescue Society (MARS) in Broward County in 2013.
South Florida residents who want to volunteer their time to benefit the marine community have plenty of options. For example, if stranded whales or dolphins tug at your heart, you might want to contact the Marine Animal Rescue Society (MARS).
Anne Meylan’s work with sea turtles has earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the International Sea Turtle Society.
The boating news is dismal, as it always is when the state publishes its mid-year report of accidents and deaths at the beginning of June.
Dania Beach has revamped its municipal marina to include 120 fully powered public wet slips, a new dock master’s office and lounge, a picnic pavilion and other improvements.
Dania Beach, the little city sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, is working on a multimillion dollar plan to beautify its waterways and beaches. After several years of community input, in May the Dania Beach City Commission approved funding and implementing phase 1 of its Waterfront Revitalization Plan.
FORT LAUDERDALE — West of the FEC railroad bridge, right in the heart of downtown, sits the bulk of Broward County’s yacht refitting and boat repair yards.
New inshore docks and an oceanside boardwalk on Elliott Key — largest island in Biscayne National Park — were opened to the public in mid-April, 18 months after facilities there were wrecked by high tides and rough surf sent by faraway Hurricane Sandy.
An active osprey nest atop the marina dam at Flamingo in Everglades National Park is about 12 feet up — so near the ground that you can look the chicks in the eye, hear them chirp and get unusually close photos. When not feeding them, their mom perches on a topless palm trunk a few yards away, indifferent to the crowd of picture snappers. Ospreys usually stay on the nest until mid-April.
From the local resident with a 16-foot center console to the movers and shakers riding 100-plus-foot fiberglass, Hollywood wants to accommodate them all.
Teen volunteers help tag a manatee for the Marine Animal Rescue Society (MARS) in Broward County in 2013.
Anne Meylan’s work with sea turtles has earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the International Sea Turtle Society.
Dania Beach has revamped its municipal marina to include 120 fully powered public wet slips, a new dock master’s office and lounge, a picnic pavilion and other improvements.
An active osprey nest atop the marina dam at Flamingo in Everglades National Park is about 12 feet up — so near the ground that you can look the chicks in the eye, hear them chirp and get unusually close photos. When not feeding them, their mom perches on a topless palm trunk a few yards away, indifferent to the crowd of picture snappers. Ospreys usually stay on the nest until mid-April.

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