Where did the sand go?

Florida's main attraction -- its beaches -- are in danger of disappearing. In February 2017, Sen. Marco Rubio introduced the "Sand Acquisition, Nourishment and Development Act" or SAND Act in attempt to reverse the erosion issues on the Sunshine State's coastline. It would allow for the purchase of foreign sand, which is currently prohibited.

2018-08-24T11:55:16+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Business, Enviroment, News, Politics, Potential Award Entries|

Recycling changes affecting Broward County

On July 6th, residents Sunrise learned that their recycling program is changing. All recyclables will no longer be processed as usual, but rather sent to a waste-to-energy incineration plant called Wheelabrator in South Broward where it will be converted to electricity. The city rejected the contract renewal with Waste Management that was set to

2018-08-10T12:16:13+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Enviroment, News, Politics|

Proposed overlay district by FIU BBC could allow for further housing development

North Miami city officials are currently awaiting approval from the state for an overlay district that would allow further housing development on land across from the Sole Mia project and near FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus. The proposed area, known as the Special Development and Transit Overlay District, would be bounded by Northeast 151 Street to the north,

2018-08-05T17:52:45+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Business, Enviroment, News, Politics|

Government and nonprofits provide public water quality status of Miami beaches and Biscayne Bay

Both government agencies and nonprofit organizations are working together this summer to test local beaches to ensure the water is safe for tourists and residents. Miami-Dade County currently has two types of water quality programs. The first one focuses on the Atlantic Ocean and the health of its beaches. The other tests water quality in

2018-06-20T21:09:24+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Enviroment, News|

Large turnout in Hollywood for march focusing on ocean conservation

Thousands of citizens and visitors participated in the March for the Ocean in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, marching alongside a marching band for approximately 2 miles. The march focused on creating environmental awareness through music, art and education.  Several non-profit organizations participated, including Surfrider Foundation, whose Broward chapter helped organize the event along with Free Our

2018-06-12T12:17:20+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Enviroment, News|

Local chapters from non-profit join national program to reduce plastic pollution

Concerned with the impact of plastic on Florida beaches, Surfrider chapters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have joined a nationwide program aimed at reducing harmful trash on the shoreline. The Surfrider San Diego chapter started the Rise Above Plastics program in 2008, according to Caroline Canter, the chapter coordinator of Surfrider San Diego. Since then

2018-06-09T19:48:07+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Enviroment, News|

FIU Ph.d student researches saltwater intrusion in the Everglades [Video]

Sea level rise is a growing problem in the South Florida community. It is a threat to drinking water aquifers and growing infrastructure, which makes it not only an environmental issue but also an economic and societal matter. Miami-Dade County’s drinking water comes from the Biscayne aquifer, which is located underneath the Everglades. Scientists are

2018-08-21T15:06:31+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Enviroment, News, Potential Award Entries, Video/Audio|

FIU screens documentary on sustainable housing for natural disasters

Florida International University hosted the premiere of “Built to Last? Saving our Homes in the Age of Disasters” Wednesday at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The documentary focuses on sustainable infrastructure and how architectural innovations can mitigate the harm caused by natural disasters. The film was inspired by “Resilience—The Ultimate Sustainability,” a book written by

2018-06-04T22:27:04+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Enviroment, News|

Local wildlife rescue provides care for rare, injured bird

Earlier this month a local Miami wildlife rehabilitation center released a rare Great White Heron, its tenth in nearly four decades, after nursing it back to health. Yaritza Acosta, a manager at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, said the rare heron was found in Key Biscayne, wet and unable to stand with a bloody right

2018-06-05T20:33:59+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Enviroment, News|

Governor’s Hurricane Conference features workshop on the importance of social media in reporting

The 32nd annual Governor's Hurricane Conference was held May 13 through the 18 at the Palm Beach Convention Center, offering various workshops and training sessions for disaster recovery tactics. Among the workshops was a session focusing on social media's vital role in Network TV's coverage of last year's major hurricanes. By Victoria Salas South Florida

2018-05-23T12:32:52+00:00 May 20th, 2018|Education, Enviroment, News|