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Boat Safely this Holiday Season

Save the Manatee Club reminds boaters who will be recreating on Florida’s waterways this holiday season to watch out for endangered manatees as they migrate to warm-water sites when cooler weather sets in around the Sunshine State.

According to Dr. Katie Tripp, the Club’s Director of Science and Conservation, manatees migrate in response to changing water temperatures in order to avoid a potentially fatal condition known as cold stress syndrome. If cold fronts start coming in regularly, manatees will head for the warm-water sites on which they depend – areas like Blue Spring in Volusia, Kings Bay/Crystal River in Citrus County, and power plants in Brevard, Palm Beach, Broward, Lee, and Hillsborough Counties.

Sandals Resorts Partners with Panasonic to Power Resort Accommodations Entirely Using Solar Energy.

In line with Sandals Resorts International’s dedication to remain a pioneer in environmentally-responsible hospitality, the company has partnered with Panasonic Corporation to unveil Jamaica’s first-ever eco-village resort, which will undoubtedly transform the way hotels accommodate guests in the future.

altMiami-Dade County’s curbside single-stream residential recycling program has set a new collection record. During Fiscal Year 2010-11, which ended September 30, 2011, the County collected 61,171.80 tons of narrow-necked plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans, paper, cardboard and other materials.

This marks the highest total ever collected for recycling in Miami-Dade during an entire fiscal year. “Our single-stream recycling program has been an incredible success story almost since it began in 2008,” said Kathleen Woods-Richardson, Director of the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department.

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launches its final mission of coral reef research in the Bahamas, concluding the first year of its ambitious Global Reef Expedition. Having completed research in Cay Sal Bank, Hogsty Reef, and the Inaguas earlier this year, the Foundation now turns to Andros and Abaco islands to study sites that were last surveyed more than a decade ago.
 
The Global Reef Expedition is the first world-wide mapping and research assessment of coral reefs. The chairman of the Living Oceans Foundation, Prince Khaled bin Sultan, said an expedition of this scale "will greatly assist the world in understanding coral reefs, their health and critical role in the environment. Our research will produce maps of previously uncharted areas and provide management recommendations urgently needed to preserve these valuable ocean resources. We are involving local scientists in all of our research and exploration. "
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