On the 46th annual Earth Day the next phase of Tamiami Trail bridging is celebrated by the Everglades Foundation. In 2013 the building of a one-mile bridge was completed by the State of Florida, the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The next stage of the project involves the removal of barriers so that water flow to Florida Bay and the Everglades is not impeded.
As CEO of Everglades Foundation, Eric Eikenberg says, “Today’s groundbreaking on the next 2.6 miles of bridging along the Tamiami Trail shows significant progress toward sending water south into the Everglades and Florida Bay”.
He goes on to say, “The next phase of Everglades restoration is to reconnect Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, allowing lake water to flow south under these newly constructed bridges to reduce the billions of gallons of fresh water wasted annually and prevent occurrences of ‘zombie grass‘ in Florida Bay.
We appreciate the leadership of our state and federal partners to advance this important project and look forward to continue working together to implement long-term solutions necessary to send water south and restore America’s Everglades”.
Acting as a dam, the Trail prevents water from flowing into the Everglades National Park. The amount of water that can flow south of the Tamiami Trail increases upon the completion of the 2.6 mile bridge.
Gov. Scott in August of 2013 showed support to the $180 million initiative by the National Park Service with a commitment of $90 million.
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During the White House Water Summit, the Everglades Foundation announced two new international partnerships for their $10 million George Barley Water Prize, which was the largest science prize competition focused on clean water. The prize intends to find a feasible and cost-effective solution to rid phosphorous pollution from freshwater bodies, in Lake Okeechobee and other threatened waterways across the world.
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The Kravis Center Annual Gala never disappoints; award-winning soulful artist Patti LaBelle highlighted the annual gala benefit for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. The event took place February 4th and was filled with food, music, cocktails, and performances. Tickets for the gala sold for $750 and $375 for ages 45 and under. Over 400 people attended the sold out event, making it a complete success! To learn more about getting involved with the West Palm Beach Kravis Center, click here.
For the eleventh consecutive year, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, have donated a vehicle to be raffled off as part of the Jason Taylor Celebrity Golf Classic. This year, the lucky raffle winner will have a chance to win a 2016 Scion iM. Tickets are available for a $100 contribution to the Jason Taylor Foundation, and the drawing will take place at the golf tournament Monday, February 22.
The Jason Taylor Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improving their health care, education, and overall quality of life.
Learn more about the Jason Taylor Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic here.