Monthly Archives: April 2014

State of the Bay

The Agency on Bay Management presents the 2013 “State of Tampa Bay” report reviewing accomplishments of its members over the last year. As the natural resources committee of the Tampa Bay Regional Council, ABM remains the primary ...

Erosion Jeopardizes Egmont Key

In 1905, when Teddy Roosevelt named Passage Key one of the first National Wildlife Refuges, it was a lush island with a freshwater lake that provided critical habitat for more than 100 species of birds. Today, all that remains is ...

The Real Cost of Fertilizer

By Victoria Parsons From a perfectly straight-forward perspective, lawn fertilizer in Florida is a pretty good value. For about $25, the average homeowner can sprinkle enough nutrients, pesticides and weed killer to keep their law...

News Briefs, Spring 2014

Payback on Water Star Homes Less than Three Years New research compiled by the Florida Water Star program shows that new homes with efficient indoor fixtures and irrigation systems with increased mulched areas pay for themselves i...

Ranger Yearns for More Time Outside

Pete Krulder had no idea what he was getting into when he signed up for a job as a ranger at Honeymoon Island State Park. “I applied on a lark,” he says. “I always loved the outdoors – fishing, boating, hiking, and camping – so th...

New Computer Model Right on Target

A hundred years ago, Mark Twain famously decried “lies, damned lies and statistics” promulgated by politicians. Modern writers might add “computer models” to that list of unbelievable forecasts – until they take a closer look at t...