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Snook reopens in Atlantic state waters

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.

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Corps Commits to Conduct New Environmental Studies Before Port Everglades Expansion Dredging Begins

Rachel Silverstein, Executive Director and Waterkeeper of Miami Waterkeeper, examines coral suffocated by sediment following the PortMiami dredging project. Photo courtesy of Pete Zuccarini

Dredging delayed until 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will go back to square one and conduct new environmental studies before starting its planned dredging project to expand Port Everglades. The Corps’ dredging project at Port Everglades aims to make way for larger, “post-Panamax” shipping vessels.
 
While the Corps conducts new studies, plaintiffs, including environmental organizations and America’s largest trade organization for recreational divers, have agreed to put a temporary hold on their federal Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act lawsuit over the planned dredging. The Corps’ dredging plan failed to account for damage to nearby, fragile coral reefs. 

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University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. Receives EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Funds to Support Community Revitalization

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected 19 communities for approximately $3.8 million in funding to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of Brownfield sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program. Each recipient will receive up to $200,000 to engage their community and conduct planning activities for brownfield site reuse.

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EPA awards $440,000 in Rebates to Fund Cleaner School Buses in Orange County and St. Lucie County, Fla. Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the School Boards of Orange County, Fla. and Saint Lucie County, Fla. are two of 88 school bus fleets in 27 states that will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The School Board of Orange County was awarded $240,000 and the School Board of Saint Lucie County was awarded $200,000.

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Broken Sound Club Tops 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Honors for Best Overall and National Private Golf Courses in the Country

Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Florida Broken Sound Club (BSC) in Boca Raton, Fla., a 5-Star Platinum Club of America, has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), which are presented annually by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird's Golf Division.  The private, gated golf and country club community that is home to the PGA Champions Tour's season opener - the Allianz Championship for 10 consecutive years - ranks as the only Florida or Southeastern U.S.-based ELGA winner at the national or international leader level.  

The Club, its two Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses and Golf Course Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter will be recognized Feb. 7 during the Opening Session at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and featured in upcoming issues of Golf Digest and GCSAA's magazine Golf Course Management.

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