Meeting about Indigenous Park
The city's Planning Department will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Harvey Government Center to talk about upcoming improvements at Indigenous Park.
Design consultants EDSA will present plans to upgrade the park while trying to tie in renovations with the improvements the county is making at Higgs Beach, said city spokeswoman Alyson Crean.
The Charles "Sonny" McCoy Indigenous Park, 1801 White St. at Atlantic Boulevard, features plants native to the Florida Keys, such as hardwood hammock species, and is home base for the city's bocce league.
Formerly federal land, the park property was deeded to the city in 1973, while McCoy was mayor.
KEY COLONY BEACH
Another Blue Star company named
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recognized A Deep Blue Dive as the newest participant in its Blue Star education and conservation program.
Launched in 2009, Blue Star salutes charter companies that help protect the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem by promoting responsible snorkeling and diving practices, and by educating their patrons on the role humans play in reef health.
Blue Star operators, which are re-evaluated every year, are required to attend annual training on issues affecting coral reefs. In turn, the operators teach customers via certification classes and dive briefings. They also must offer conservation-related dive courses and participate in activities such as fish counts and reef cleanups. Visit www.sanctuarybluestar.org for more information.
WEST PALM BEACH
S. Fla. Water District OKs new budget
The governing board of the South Florida Water Management District approved a $662.2 million budget recently.
Property tax collections, meanwhile, will stay level.
The budget, nearly 10 percent larger than this year's, includes $250.9 million for projects related to Everglades restoration and protecting the vulnerable estuaries of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. Another $261 million will go toward regional flood control.
The district is responsible for flood control and ensuring the water supply of 16 South Florida counties, including Monroe. It also heads Florida's Everglades restoration efforts.
Forty-three percent, or $267 million, of the district's revenue this year will come from property taxes. The levy in the Keys will be $41.10 per $100,000 in taxable property. Other sources of district revenue include state appropriations, federal grants, agricultural taxes and assorted fees.