Environment

Florida Citrus & Irma

FLORIDA CITRUS GETS GUT-PUNCH FROM IRMA

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

florida citrusHurricane Irma blew through Florida’s citrus crops on September 10th, littering the ground with the precious fruit and flooding the fields for days.  Irma arrived just weeks before the start of the grapefruit and orange harvests.  It may not be until the end of the season – March for grapefruits and May for oranges – before citrus farmers know the full impact of Irma’s destruction.  While most of us in Palm Beach County are getting back to normalcy, it’s a new normal for Florida’s agricultural industry.

The double whammy of wind and torrential rain is something that Florida citrus farmers never previously experienced.  Florida’s orange crop is expected to drop 21% (a 71 year

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Sierra Club Recycled Materials Fashion Show

The Loxahatchee Group of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, held their annual fundraiser, the Thanks & Giving Celebration and Silent Auction, on Saturday, November 11th. The featured portion of the evening was a Trash Fashion Show by Argentine designer Aidana Baldasarre, who crafted outfits using old inner tubes, discarded highway banners and even old issues of the Sierra Club Magazine.

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Solar Co-op Kickoff

SOLAR CO-OP IN PALM BEACH COUNTY KICK OFF

By Diane Marks

solar co-op kickoffPalm Beach started the County’s Solar Co-Op on November 1 at a Kickoff Media Event at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach.

 

SOLAR POWER KICK OFF A SHINING SUCCESS

 

“It’s good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for the consumer,” states LWVPBC President, Karen Wilkerson.

Mayor Muoio of West Palm Beach; Rep. Lori Berman; Ana Puzkin, Sustainability Coordinator of Delray Beach; Jen Barenholtz, SolSmart Advisor; Alissa Jean Schafer of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and Jody Finver from Solar United Neighborhoods of Florida spoke about the need for and advantages of solar energy and the purpose of joining the Solar Co-op.

Solar United Neighborhoods of  Florida is …

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Brown Vegetation After Hurricane Irma

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Burned leaves- Hurricane Irma

Florida is recovering from Hurricane Irma.  However, many plants and trees now have brown leaves on the sides where Irma blew the strongest – east and south.  Some look like they were scorched with a blowtorch because the hurricane winds lasted so long.  Gradually, leaves will turn from dark green to dull green to brown because of wind damage, known as wind burn.  Even hearty plants such as the sea grape, which survive on the oceanfront, have been affected.

Dead tree tops- Hurricane Irma

More damage could emerge in upcoming weeks as plants continue to react to the climactic change.  Some recovery results may take years.   When plants are stressed, they shut down and try to save energy.  The extremities, such as leaves, die and fall off.   …

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Solar Co-op Project

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Florida Solar United NeighborhoodsBy Diane Marks

PALM BEACH COUNTY READY TO KICK OFF

Palm Beach will be the 15th  Solar Co-Op in Florida.  The League of Women Voters in Florida is organizing these Solar Co-Ops.  Solar Co-Ops have been formed in 10 counties (some counties having several) of Florida.

Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FLSUN) is a non-profit that educates Floridians about the benefits of solar energy and helps organize group solar installations – solar cooperatives.  FLSUN makes solar easy, understandable and affordable by holding public information sessions. Here is how the FLSUN Solar Cooperative works:

  • Homeowners form a buyers’ cooperative
  • The co-op bundles the group’s buying power
  • Members use a free-market approach in a competitive bidding process to select one installer and secure significant discounts for rooftop solar systems because of
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NY Times: Your Questions About Climate Change, Answered

Learn more – Discussing this issue with your friends and family is one of the most meaningful things you can do!

NY Times: Your Questions About Climate Change, Answered

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Hurricane Season 2017

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues

Hurricane Season 2017The 2017 hurricane season is upon us.  It began on June 1 and ends on November 30.  The heart of the hurricane season runs from mid-August through October, and the peak is on Sept. 10.  You can prepare now by downloading a hurricane guide, such as:  Florida Health in Palm Beach County, “Disaster Preparedness Guideor both WPTV and WPBF offer a Hurricane Survival Guide.”  Publix also offers a publication, “Are you ready to weather a storm?

In September 2004, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne ravaged Palm Beach and Martin Counties leaving billions in damage.  The two hurricanes were less than a month apart.  In October 2005, Hurricane Wilma clobbered South Florida with surprising strength, leaving the area …

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Analysis: What stopped the first Lake O reservoir in mid-construction?

It’s been nearly 10 years, but debate continues: What stopped a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in mid-construction?

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Environmental Report- July

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Environmental Team

July, 2017

The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. League works to increase understanding on major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Official League position statements are issued only by the President or designee. Action on issues should be done as an individual and not as a League member.

During this time of political change, how will we most effectively meet the environmental challenges.

Our issues:

  • Solar with co-ops May 17 Hot Topics was a fun and informative luncheon. The LWVPBC and the Sierra Club will have their kick off with WPB Mayor Muoio and PBCC Mayor Burdick on October 4 at Pine Jog Environmental Center. Contact Diane Marks to volunteer
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More Housing in AG Reserve?

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

More Housing in Ag ReserveFlorida homebuilder, GL Homes, wants to increase the number of homes they can build in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.  Instead of proceeding with their already approved plan to build 3,900 homes in Indian Trails Grove, a 4,900-acre site west of the Acreage, GL now wants to change the rules.

Currently, the rule reads:

The County requires that developers conserve 60 acres in the reserve for every 40 acres they develop.  Land outside of the Agricultural Reserve cannot be used to meet preservation requirements for development in the reserve.

GL Homes is trying to change the County’s comprehensive plan so they can develop more of the property they own …

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