Everglades National Park

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

The Unparalleled Beauty And Biodiversity Of The Greater Everglades Area

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09/22/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents considers the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of the greater Everglades area. The lands surrounding the ‘Glades is the most populous urban area in the southeastern U-S . . .  the seventh largest in the nation. We speak with the Executive Director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, which monitors factors which affect the delicate the ecosystem.

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Everglades
7:10 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Restoring Everglades Water Flow Is Key For South Florida

Credit Nicolas Fleury / Flickr

Every few years we get a snapshot of the health of the Everglades in the System Status Report, which was released earlier this month. It shows improvement in the restoration of animal habitat, but there’s still a lot of work to do in getting more water to flow south.

Read a conversation with Julie Hill-Gabriel, the director of Everglades policy for Audubon Florida, about the update.  

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Everglades
11:40 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Inside The Oldest Store In The Everglades And Why It Depends On One Road

Ted Smallwood's Store is now open to the public as a museum.
Julia Duba

Ted Smallwood built his store out of Dade County Pine on the edge of Chokoloskee, facing the Everglades' Ten Thousand Islands. He called it Ted Smallwood's Store.

In 1917, it was the hub of the community. It was the post office, a farming ground, a place to repair boats and trade goods. Smallwood's wife, Mamie, even taught grade school out of the store. Now the future of the store depends on one road and its legal battle to keep it open. 

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Everglades
8:04 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Loxahatchee Is First Wildlife Refuge To Host Recreational Gator Hunting

This year's alligator hunting season is a historic one, with the opening of the first National Wildlife Refuge in the country to recreational gator hunting.
Credit Wilson Sayre

This past weekend was the start of the two-and-a-half-month alligator-hunting season in Florida. It was also the first time the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge opened its gates to recreational gator hunting. It's the first wildlife refuge in the country to do so.

Of the 1,203 people who applied, only 11 were granted permits, each for two gators. Half of the permit holders started their hunt Friday at the much-anticipated opening.

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News
1:57 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium

Great White Egrets flying off in the Everglades.
Credit Rasmus Bøgeskov Larsen / Flickr Creative Commons

The impact of sea-level rise on South Florida will be the topic of discussion at the Second Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium Friday.

Experts say Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, and the Southeast Florida region will be the most impacted.

Tara Bardi, senior scientist with the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, says even with increased media coverage on sea-level rise, most people aren’t sure how it will impact them personally.

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Politics
9:22 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration

PANAMAXED: Giant new gantry cranes are deployed for the big ships at PortMiami. Port Everglades is preparing to widen and dredge to handle similar vessels.
Credit Ines Hegedus-Garcia/Wikimedia Commons

Florida is the big winner under the new Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which President Obama signed last week. The bill carries $12.3 billion in infrastructure spending for the entire nation and $3 billion of that is coming to the Sunshine State.

There's $2 billion in the bill to expand Florida ports for the new Panamax vessels and another billion to restart four long-stalled Everglades restoration projects. That's 25 percent of the entire appropriation.

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Saltwater
5:05 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Map Helps Water Managers Battle Salt

A cargo ship sails down one of Miami's many canals to the ocean. The canals are sometimes a source for saltwater intrusion into the region's groundwater.
Credit Elaine Chen

The U.S. Geological Survey and Miami-Dade County have mapped out the extent of saltwater seepage into our groundwater. The last comprehensive look was in 1995, and the good news is it hasn’t moved much since then.

South Florida is constantly battling against salt: keeping salty ocean water from getting into our groundwater.

The front in our battle, or the saltwater front keeps moving, mostly inland. As of 2011, it’s moved about 460 square miles inland in Miami-Dade. That is about 9 times the size of the city of Miami.

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Smoke
2:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

A Strike Of Lightning Without Rain In Everglades Causes Dense Smoke, Health Warnings

A dense smoke advisory was in effect in South Florida until 10am on Monday. A state highway patrol officer said the fire began Sunday afternoon when lighting struck a conservation area in the Everglades.
Credit Sammy Mack

 

During smoky fires, officials encourage people to stay home. However, as a response to fire, birds tend to leave home.

Julie Hill-Gabriel, director of Everglades policy for Audubon Florida, said when birds see smoke, they take it as a signal to leave the area.

This can be potentially problematic this time of year. Hill-Gabriel explained now is an ideal time for birds to stay home and catch fish. If they leave because of fires, they miss out on the opportunity.

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The Florida Roundup
11:29 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Education Bills Highlight Differences Among Republican Leadership

House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), left, shakes hands with Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).
Credit Florida House of Representatives

State Senate President Don Gaetz likes to introduce House Speaker Will Weatherford as the “taller, smarter, better-looking version of the Weatherford-Gaetz” duo. Their alliance has led to the quick passage of legislation like last year's ethics reform package and this year's sex offender bills. But on several education bills, the two diverge.

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The Everglades
5:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Everglades Water Circulation Program Will Move Forward

Water may soon be flowing a bit easier in the Everglades.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Rasmus Bøgeskov Larsen

The South Florida Water Management District decided Thursday morning to OK an Everglades restoration project it designed.

Since 2011, the District has been working to develop a $1.9 billion plan to put some circulation back into the heart of the Everglades.

"It is going to require removing lot of things that have been put in," says Randy Smith, a representative for the Water District. "[It will require] creating new water-flow projects and water storage projects. The landscape is going to more closely resemble what it was originally."

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MDPLS Contest
6:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month

Brian Colleary of the Miami-Dade Public Library System and 2013 poetry contest winner James Lachterman at the WLRN Studios.
Credit Kelley Mitchell

It was the Everglades that brought out the poet in Coral Gables High School student James Lachterman.

And in under 20 lines of rhyme, the then 15-year-old was able to capture a prize in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s contest for teen poets.

And now, with April and National Poetry Month upon us again, the search is on for the next winners. Young adults from the ages of 12-19 are eligible, with a valid library card, of course.

This year’s theme is technology.

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Sunshine Economy
8:58 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida

Rick Roth, President of Roth Farms, stands among his sugarcane in Palm Beach County.
Credit Tom Hudson

Talking about sugar in South Florida is like talking about politics and religion in polite company. Few people are without strong opinions about the sugarcane farms stretching across the eastern Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee. The industry is a mix of government price policies, environmental regulations, trade practices and the demand for food.  

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The Sunshine Economy
10:30 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Big Sugar's Influence Stretches From South Florida To Washington

Sugar companies get money from taxpayers through the U.S. Farm Bill. In turn, those companies pay a privilege tax to help clean up the environmental damage caused by sugar farming.
Credit africa/freedigitalphotos.net

Sugar is one of the biggest special interests in Tallahassee. More sugar comes from Florida than anywhere else in the country. 

It’s grown in a 700,000-acre region between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades known as the Everglades Agricultural Area. (Actual farming acreage, which includes other crops, is 470,000 because of conservation areas and other projects.) 

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Everglades Expansion
4:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

National Park Service Wants Public's Opinion On Acquiring FPL-Owned Everglades Land

Everglades National Park.
Credit Rodney Cammauf/National Park Service

The National Park Service has come up with five different ways they can acquire Everglades land currently owned by the Florida Power and Light Company.

NPS held a forum this week to get public opinion on possible acquisition plans. Currently, FPL owns an 8.5-square-mile area of land within Everglades National Park.  

 The agency laid out its five alternatives in a draft environmental impact statement. The most notable were Alternative 2, in which NPS would acquire the land in fee, and Alternative 3, exchanging the FPL-owned land for other land.

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Transit And Tours
9:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Homestead Launches Free National Parks Trolley

Homestead's trolley goes to and from Everglades National Park three times, and Biscayne National Park twice on Saturdays and Sundays.
Jessica Meszaros WLRN

  

About a year ago, the city of Homestead was designated "The Gateway To Biscayne and Everglades National Parks." This past weekend the city launched its first free, guided trolley ride into the parks, which the city hopes will see more local visitors with the start of the new service.

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