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The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society has partnered together with Florida Power and Light Company to present Zoo Lights this holiday season.

Zoo Lights has quickly became a South Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. After hours, while the animals are sleeping, the Palm Beach Zoo will be illuminated for the holiday season. The zoo will be decorated with over 1 million eco-friendly light every night.

Zoo Lights will be aglow from 6 pm to 9 pm with unique lights and theme displays from the entrance through the Florida Wetlands, Tropics of Americas and new to this year, Asia. Santa will be stopping by this year through December 23rd for your photo opportunity. Zoo Lights will feature special animal encounters and special treats.

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On Saturday mornings throughout the year, The Loggerhead Marinelife Center hosts a Self-Guided Beach Cleanup. Every weekend, volunteers head to the beach to participate in helping to keep our local beaches and ocean clean from debris and trash.

The Self-Guided Beach Cleanup is a new program this year that has been added weekly to their event calendar. Those who wish to participate are asked to stop by the Marine Debris Sorting Station on the back deck of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to pick up your beach cleanup supplies. Once supplies picked up, volunteers can make their way down to the beach to begin. When finished, simply bring your trash bag back to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and pick up a free t-shirt as a Thank You for helping gift.

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A new artificial reef program has started off the coast of Palm Beach. This past Monday, November 16th, 55 artificial reefs were deployed off the coast as part of the new project called 1,000 Mermaids that works with the Ocean Rescue Alliance. 

The new project is an artificial reef project that creates reef module to make more habitat on the bottom of the ocean for marine life. The artificial reefs arrived to the Port of Palm Beach on Friday of last week and the reefs were received and picked up to start the project. The non-profit, Ocean Rescue Alliance says that reef builders, and donations helped to make these artificial reef structures possible.

Each artificial reef weighs anywhere from 1,700 to 3,500 pounds and are placed 40 feet under the

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Attention dog owners!  Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach is turning its annual Dogs’ Day in the Garden into a monthly event, beginning Sunday, December 13, 2020. Bring your four- legged family member for a delightful garden stroll on the second Sunday each month, 9 am-3 pm.  

You will find some great spots around the garden for fun photos with your fur baby! If you post pictures, please use #MountsBotanicalGarden and Mounts will share your photos. Moving ahead, this fun experience for both humans and their fur-babies held on the second Sunday of each month through May 9, 2021.  The event will be held throughout the Garden, and regular admission applies: $10 (general); $5 (children 5-12), and free for members. 

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Hani Honey Company, located at 5219 S.E. Ebbtide Avenue, Stuart, Martin County, is a family owned apiary.  An apiary is a location where beehives of honeybees are kept. “tending bees with care and placing the girls in optimal foraging environments to harvest fresh, Florida local, delicious, award winning Wildflower Honey”.  Hani Honey Company specializes in producing honey from whatever is blooming in the region every season. It is an all-natural process without heat allowing all the of the bees amazing work to remain in the natural honey.

Beekeeping, or apiculture, is the care of honeybees that ensures that they produce more honey than they can use. An apiary typically consists of many separate beehives. Hani Honey apiaries are in Martin, St.

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The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach has recorded the third highest record numbers for the 2020 Sea Turtle Nesting Season. The Sea Turtle Nesting season begins on February 28th and last until October 31st and despite having an active hurricane season, the center recently announced another successful season.

During the few months of the nesting season, Marinelife Center staff surveyed the beach in northern Palm Beach County. Researchers have said that this year they have documented 16,935 sea turtle nests along the beach. The nests included: 286 leatherbacks, 13,059 loggerheads, 3,590 green sea turtle nests.

The Director of Research noted that this year’s numbers were the third-highest nest count since the center begin surveying sea turtle

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The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter has recently launched a podcast called “Inside Busch Wildlife Sanctuary”. New podcast episodes will be launched on the first Monday of every month and will be available on all podcast streaming platforms.

The monthly podcasts will introduce listeners to one of the sanctuary’s permanent residents, educational animals’ ambassador, and the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary handlers. During the podcast, the host will guide the listeners through the daily animal encounters while accompanied by the sanctuary staff. The podcasts hope to educate the subscribers on the sanctuary mission while having a little fun along the way.

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a refuge and nature center for Florida wildlife that features

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If you still have left over Halloween candy from over the weekend, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is once again hosting their autumn Wrapper Recycling Drive.

The Wrapper Recycling Drive is in its fifth year, and the program is meant to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste that is used during the holiday season. To participate in the program is simple. Simple bring all your empty wrappers to either a drop off location or the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. The empty wrappers will then be sent to a New Jersey based recycling company that turns the recycled wrappers into school supplies and other goods.

The Wrapper Recycling Drive is currently ongoing and will run until Tuesday, November 10th.  Last year, the program collected over 272,595

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The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach hosts their popular Public Guided Tours everyday for visitors to get an up-close look at the sea turtle rehabilitation and research center.

Visitors will learn about each sea turtle patient housed there during the tours and the Loggerhead Marinelife Staff will be there to answer all of your questions about sea turtles, the ocean, the center itself, and marine life.

The daily Public Guided Tours are offered twice a day due to their popularity. The tours are offered at 12 pm and 2 pm and last approximately an hour. All are welcomed to attend, and the tours cost $10 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for children. The tours are limited to a certain number of people and registration is required online.

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Voters in Palm Beach County need to make their voices heard by voting on November 3, 2020.  This 2020 Presidential Election is unprecedented. Your vote is your voice on issues affecting healthcare, housing, education, and employment. Help make a difference in the community during this general election and vote. There are several simple motivations why you should vote: 

You vote will impact the quality of life you want for yourself and forthcoming generations. Voting is a U.S. citizen’s chance to stand up for the issues you care about like public transportation, raising or not raising minimum wage, or funding for local schools. 

Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote.  Hopefully, you have invested time learning about and

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