Environment

Celebrate Keep America Beautiful’s Annual America Recycles Day

The City of Jacksonville, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful (KJB) and Southland Recycling Services will celebrate Keep America Beautiful’s annual America Recycles Day for the first time in Jacksonville with an event to collect a host of residential recyclable materials at a centralized location.  Included in this event is the opportunity for residents to shred old /unneeded documents and give new life to used cell phones and chargers. 

Monday, Nov. 15, 2-6 p.m.

Prime Osborn Convention Center parking lot, 1000 Water St.

Workshop to Discuss an Estimated $224 Million Improvement Project Near Fuller Warren Bridge

The workshop is Tuesday, November 9 at the Duval County School Board, 1701 Prudential Drive in Jacksonville. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and public comments will begin at 6:30 p.m. A formal presentation will not be made but the public is encouraged to drop by between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to view the latest plans and discuss the project with FDOT staff.

BP official to hold Q&A session on Facebook

Dave Rainey, Vice President of Science and Technology for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization (GCRO), returns to Facebook on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. (CDT). This session will build on Dave’s first Q&A and address questions regarding BP's commitment to the health and safety of Gulf residents, wildlife, and the environment. To submit a question, please visit BP's Facebook page and submit a comment by Tuesday, November 9 at noon (CST).  To view Dave's earlier Facebook Q&A, click here.  To learn more about BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and other restoration efforts, visit the Environmental Restoration page on BP.com.

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

Watering Restrictions Set at One Day Per Week with the Change to Standard Time

The City of Jacksonville Environmental & Compliance Department reminds Duval County residents that as they set their clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 7 for Eastern Standard Time, they should also reduce lawn and landscape irrigation to no more than one day per week.   

FWC Seeks Input on Possible Changes to Red Drum Rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing a series of public workshops to review its analysis of the latest red drum (redfish) stock assessment and discuss possible red drum rule changes.

The FWC wants to hear what people think about its proposals to create regional management areas for red drum and raise the daily bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  The Commission also wants to receive comment on possible red drum rule changes in southeastern Florida.

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens 2nd Anniversary

In celebration of its 2nd Anniversary, the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens will proudly open to the public its newest trail, the Rosemary Ridge Trail, on Sunday, November 21st, 8:00AM – 5:00PM.

At 1 mile in length, the Rosemary Ridge Trail is the longest of the Arboretum’s six trails and runs through habitat unlike any other in the park.  Named for the native rosemary that grows there, the trail traverses a Xeric Hammock that offers expansive salt-marsh views and a Sandhill community of lofty pines and seasonal pond.  A side trail allows visitors to see the environmentally sensitive area where the native rosemary and deer moss grow.