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Studies show many coastal residents don't know enough about the dangers borne by rising waters.

Another hurricane season is upon us and, for coastal residents, that means the usual:

1) The annual predictions of how many storms forecasters prognosticate will be a problem this season.

2) A round of warnings about who's at risk and how overdue some areas are for a landfalling storm.

3) Studies that remind us how unprepared some coastal dwellers are should a major storm event head their way.

Nos. 1 and 2 were easy to find: Up to 18 named storms, with 6-10 of those breaching hurricane status (74 mph winds) and 3-6 of those having the potential to become major hurricanes (winds in excess of 111 mph). Almost every article that mentioned these numbers also mentioned that it's been five years since a major hurricane made a U.S. landfall, inferring (or even flatly saying) that means we're overdue.

Broward County's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division encourages residents and businesses to participate in a new solar energy rebate pilot program offered by Florida Power and Light Company (FPL). Beginning June 21, FPL business and residential customers can apply for rebates for new installations of solar water heating or solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. PV panels collect the sun's energy and generate electricity for immediate use in the home or business.

"NatureScape for Native and Migratory Wildlife" will be the topic of a presentation by the NatureScape Broward team at a meeting of the Plantation Shade Brigade to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Plantation Development Services Building, 401 N.W. 70 Terrace, Plantation.

The presentation will show residents ways to create and maintain a NatureScape yard that will improve green spaces for migrating song birds, save water and energy, and increase the urban tree canopy that contributes to the cooling and beautification of our urban environment.

Miami, FL – May 7, 2011 - Reggae Report, the award-winning reggae magazine, is launching a pledge campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise funds for the creation of its online Archive. Reggae Report publisher M. Peggy Quattro celebrates her 30 years by announcing the Kickstarter project. “Reggae Report is an important and valuable part of Reggae history,” says Quattro, “and Kickstarter is the perfect creative arts platform to make this Archive a reality.”

For those who pledge financial support, Quattro offers a range of incredible rewards! Backers can choose from a Founding Member Certificate, vintage t-shirts and posters, CDs or DVDs, exclusive Bob Marley art, VIP access to Bayside Rocks! 2011, or an action-packed Kingston trip for two with MPeggyQ for an inside look at Reggae’s roots they will never forget! Many of these rewards are limited and exclusive to Reggae Report’s 30-year collection, and everyone who pledges support will be listed as a Founding Member on the Archive website.

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