MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 17 urged Congress to extend the investment tax credit for solar energy – a measure that has powered the rapid expansion of solar energy in Miami-Dade and around the nation.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Biologists with the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program were busy this year monitoring the beaches for sea turtle nests. Preliminary nest counts report that 3,338 nests were documented in the County (not including the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park) this year. Among the 3,338 nests were 43 leatherback nests, 2,560 loggerhead nests, and a local record of 735 green turtle nests.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - November 15th marks the beginning of manatee season which runs through March 31st. As air and water temperature drop, manatees begin moving south toward warm-water refuges while seasonal and manatee protection speed limit zones go into effect throughout the State. Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division implements the county’s manatee conservation program and cautions boaters to be on the lookout for greater numbers of manatee presence throughout the County’s waterways (including the intracoastal, canals, and natural waterways) during the cooler months.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – A record breaking success for the Ocean Conservancy’s 34th Annual International Coastal Cleanup of Broward County, thanks to Broward’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division. More than 6,710 pounds of trash were collected in September, which included 23,000 small plastic pieces. Angel Rovira and Pat Quinn were Zone Co-Captains and coordinated 3,692 volunteers who fanned out along 11 coastal sites within the coastal municipalities and state parks from Pompano Beach to Hallandale Beach.

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