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Debating a solar solution; these neighbors aren't waiting
Dueling referendums fight to determine whether utilities will maintain control of solar power. Meanwhile, homeowners in one South Florida neighborhood are making the switch.
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Putting down roots with Million Trees Miami
The Million Trees Miami Campaign is aiming to raise Miami-Dade County's tree canopy from 14 percent to 30 percent by 2020. Neighborhoods including Miami Gardens and Little Havana are set to benefit from the new program.
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Coral Gables Garden Club members help restore Matheson
Members of the Coral Gables Garden Club got their feet wet when they volunteered for a mangrove restoration project in February, 2014 at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables.
Ankle-deep in a park creek, members of the club planted over 300 mangrove pups to help restore the damaged mangrove forest and mitigate effects of climate change.
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Girl Scouts pitch in to pull trash off the shore at FIU
Girl Scouts hauled away bags of litter collected from the shoreline at the Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in North Miami. About 60 Girl Scouts, friends, and family members took part in the cleanup, which was followed by ice cream and a lesson on propagating mangroves.
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Julie Eisenhower visits Big Cypress Swamp, 1972
President Nixon's daughter, Julie Eisenhower, and Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton waded knee-deep into the Big Cypress Swamp for a first-hand look at the moss-draped wilderness that the president hoped to preserve. Julie, who gamely slogged her way through the swamp, promised that her personal report on the expedition would include advice to "wear boots if he ever comes here himself." Federal purchase would create the Big Cypress National Fresh Water Reserve covering parts of three counties. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Nathaniel P. Reed, a Floridian, accompanied the pair on an airboat ride. Reed hopped out to pick a white-pedaled spider lilly for the President's daughter.
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Card Sound Cleanup
Debris including half-sunken vessels was left behind by squattters and commercial fishermen who for decades have used private land along Card Sound Road in the Keys as an illegal shantytown.
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Returning pilot whales to the ocean, 2003
The volunteers waded chest-deep in mucky water with choice bits of herring, and stood under a blazing sun in wet suits and booties. The 28 pilot whales, the objects of their care and concern, were ready to return soon to the deep blue sea from which they strayed April 18, 2003.
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Joe Browder, activist for the Everglades
Joe Browder is a longtime Everglades advocate and official in the Department of the Interior during the Carter administration. Miami Herald reporter Curtis Morgan credits Browder with coaxing Marjory Stoneman Douglas into the public role she was to play as Florida' preeminent environmentalist. "If not for Browder, who recruited her in the late 1960s into a battle to block a massive jetport planned smack in the middle of the Everglades, Douglas and her celebrated book might well have flickered from the memory of boom-bust, come-go South Florida. Instead, at an age when most people languish in rockers or have been consigned to the ground, Douglas became a movement's voice and a state's environmental conscience."
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Mangrove seedlings painted on freeway underpasses
Paintings of mangrove seedlings began appearing on freeway underpasses in Miami-Dade County in 2004. The project was orchestrated by artist Xavier Cortada in partnership with Hands on Miami.
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The garden of George and Aurora Dalmau
George and Aurora Dalmau added just enough spathiphyllums, ferns, aroid, impatiens and palms to give their small Coral Gables estate a finished look.