The Miami City Commission has approved an ordinance to limit the type, amount and location of fertilizer use within city limits.
The ordinance aims to combat the negative secondary and cumulative effects of excess nutrients in Biscayne Bay and water bodies within the city, which are caused by fertilizer runoff. The proposed legislation is based on independent studies and with research from 85 municipalities and 32 counties that have passed fertilizer ordinances since 2007.
The Ordinance sets guidelines for the amount of fertilizer allowed, both commercial and non-commercial, in the City of Miami. It mandates that fertilizer can only be applied to actively growing turf. It also designates fertilizer-free zones 15 feet from bodies of water.Another aspect of the ordinance focuses on the regulation of nitrogen-releasing fertilizer in most forms, as well as even more rigorous phosphorus regulations.
The ordinance, co-sponsored by Ken Russell from District 2, Manolo Reyes in District 4, and Mayor Francis Suarez, has received strong support from the Sierra Club Florida, Ocean Conservancy, Miami Waterkeeper.
Join South Beach Dive and Surf Center and Debris Free Oceans this Earth Day for a reef cleanup scuba diving trip in the crystal blue waters of Key Largo!
On April 22nd, we will be teaming up with our partner Rainbow Reef Dive Center and bringing divers to an area outside of the protected John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in need of cleaning up. Participants will enjoy two drift dives while removing debris from the reef.
All you need is your open-water diver certification, around 20 logged dives (to be sure that you are experienced enough to multitask underwater) and a passion for protecting our reefs that are crucial to the survival of thousands of marine species.
This specific volunteer-oriented trip costs $20 less than our usual Key Largo diving excursions, and participants will receive half-off of gear rentals! Book online through the SBD trip calendar and save an additional 5% on your reservation! Or feel free to call us at 305-531-6110 to book.
Participants are asked to come to South Beach Divers (850 Washington Ave) at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning for a safe-handling workshop, where you will learn the ins and out of being a successful and safe marine steward. We will then gear up, fill out paperwork and head to Key Largo. We will stop for food on our way down so you can either pack a lunch or bring money for Subway or Pollo Tropical.
South Beach Divers provides free transportation to and from Key Largo, or you can choose to drive yourself. After the dives, different groups and sponsors will be tabling including Debris Free Oceans and Stream2Sea. We will calculate the total amount of debris removed and record data to submit to scientific research, and then head to Sharkey’s Pub and Grill for food, drinks and prizes!
As of now, one South Beach Divers vehicles will be staying in Key Largo for the after party and heading back around 7. Please indicate in your reservation if you would like to drive yourself or with us. If you choose to dive with us, please indicate in the comments of your reservation if you would like to stay later or head back to Miami immediately after the dive.
If you have any questions or concerns, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 305-531-6110.
Hoping to dive with you this Earth Day and protect our oceans!
The National Park Service turns 96 years old today. Their official website invites everyone to visit any of the 397 national parks to help celebrate “the big day” with many locations offering special events.
The National Park Service was signed into existance on August 25, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson after a successful publicity campaign headed by Stephen Mather.
“Established in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for all of the national parks throughout the country. Each park represents an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn.
The extraordinary mission of the National Park Service extends even further than the parks, however. The work of NPS reaches into communities across the country where they work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life.”
We have several National Parks in Florida, including the Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, and the Everglades National Park.
EDIT: Unfortunately, celebrations planned for the South Florida National Parks have been cancelled due to approaching Tropical Storm Isaac.