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Here's what you need to know about parking at Port Canaveral for SpaceX launch

To accommodate overflow crowds at Jetty Park, Port Canaveral will offer parking areas outside of Jetty Park with shuttles to and from the park.

       

Source: Here's what you need to know about parking at Port Canaveral for SpaceX launch
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Do you recognize this man? He is suspected in a failed kidnapping.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is circulating a sketch of a man suspected of trying to kidnap a woman in Deerfield Beach
Source: Do you recognize this man? He is suspected in a failed kidnapping.
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Friends remember UCF students killed in crash: ‘How do we live without her?’

Shaunte Chambers, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida, and fellow student Angelesea Rock died Jan. 9 in an early morning crash on Colonial Drive.
Source: Friends remember UCF students killed in crash: ‘How do we live without her?’
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Tallahassee / Tallahassee Iranians fear unraveling of U.S.-Iran conflict
« Last post by Tallahassee on January 20, 2020, 04:39:55 AM »
Tallahassee Iranians fear unraveling of U.S.-Iran conflict

Entangled in U.S.-Iran tensions, local Iranian Americans are shadowed by fear of war erupting between their two countries.

       

Source: Tallahassee Iranians fear unraveling of U.S.-Iran conflict
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Tampa / 5 Steps for Creating a Rain Garden
« Last post by Tampa on January 20, 2020, 04:39:55 AM »
5 Steps for Creating a Rain Garden

Rain gardens are shallow depressions that are planted with deep-rooted native and non-native adaptive plants and grasses. They are:



       
  • Designed to collect rain water that runs off rooftops or lawns

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  • Areas that capture stormwater runoff, allowing it to soak into the ground. This recharges groundwater and naturally filters out pollutants.

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  • A source of food and habitat for birds and butterflies


Creating a rain garden not only shows your interest in protecting the environment, but also can be a beautiful addition to a home landscape.


5 Steps for Creating a Rain Garden

Step 1: Pick the spot



       
  • Contact local utilities by calling 811 to have them mark locations of underground wires, cables, or pipes

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  • A rain garden should be at least 10 feet from foundations and fence posts, and 25 feet from septic system drain fields and well heads


Step 2: Outline garden and determine depth



       
  • The average size of a home rain garden is 70 square feet (7 x 10 feet), but the size can vary based on how much water you want to catch

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  • Gardens should be no more than 6 to 12 inches deep

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  • Make sure the garden is not flat because you need a depression to capture water


Step 3: Select the plants



       
  • Select Florida native and non-native adaptive plants that can tolerate "wet feet" in the lowest places

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  • Contact your County Extension office for suggestions on plants suited to your location

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  • Determine how many plants are needed based on your rain garden size and the mature plant dimensions


Step 4: Dig in



       
  • The depression in your rain garden should be marked and dug to the depth you determined in Step 2.

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  • Without a depression, the rain garden will not work.

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  • Make sure not to compact the soil - this is the leading cause of failed gardens

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  • Place each plant at its minimum distance from other plants


Step 5: Finish-Up



       
  • Install mulch or sphagnum moss to keep weeds out and retain moisture

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  • Water the garden each day for the first week, and then gradually reduce watering over the next three weeks. After a month, normal rain should be enough to keep plants healthy.

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  • Regular maintenance is required to keep your rain garden looking good and functioning well


Rain Garden Diagram 


Tips for Managing Your Rain Garden



       
  • Don't worry about mosquitoes. Your rain garden should not retain water long enough for mosquitoes to have an opportunity to breed

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  • Your rain garden will contain flow from light rains, however, will fill up and overflow during heavy rains

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  • You may direct your downspout to the rain garden by digging a shallow swale or by routing it through a drain pipe

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  • If your soil lacks organic material, you may dig the depression an additional 2 to 3 inches and fill in with peat moss or compost

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  • Be creative by adding decorative items such as stones and garden ornaments to enhance your rain garden


If you are interested in creating a rain garden, contact Public Utilities Sustainable Water Resources (813) 744-5671 or the Hillsborough County Extension Service at (813) 744-5519 for more information.


Stormwater Can Pollute Waterways

Stormwater runoff is created when rain falls on roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops, and other paved surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. Stormwater captures and transports pollutants such as pet waste, fertilizer, oils, chemicals, sediments, nutrients, and more. When stormwater cannot sink into the ground, it flows across the surface, usually ending up in streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and wetlands.


Unhealthy stormwater transports excess nutrients to waterways that can cause algae blooms. When algae die, they sink to the bottom, decompose, and remove oxygen from the water. Fish and other aquatic life cannot exist in low oxygen levels. Sediments can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow. Household hazardous wastes such as insecticides, pesticides, paints, and oil can poison aquatic life.


Resources



Source: 5 Steps for Creating a Rain Garden
96
Friends of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Melbourne

Friends of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Melbourne hope to improve its connection to the community.

       

Source: Friends of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Melbourne
97
Cape Coral / Red Sox seeking national anthem singers
« Last post by Cape Coral on January 19, 2020, 05:15:31 PM »
Red Sox seeking national anthem singers

It's that time of year again. If you think you have what it takes to sing in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 people, the Boston Red Sox want you to audition for them.
Source: Red Sox seeking national anthem singers
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St. Petersburg / Gulfport Women's March continues to grow as D.C. march shrinks
« Last post by St Petersburg on January 19, 2020, 05:15:31 PM »
Gulfport Women's March continues to grow as D.C. march shrinks

Hundreds showed up today to march in support of a variety of causes.
        

Source: Gulfport Women's March continues to grow as D.C. march shrinks
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St. Petersburg / FHP: Van struck by bullet on I-4 in Polk County
« Last post by St Petersburg on January 19, 2020, 05:15:31 PM »
FHP: Van struck by bullet on I-4 in Polk County

The man told troopers he saw a handgun, followed by a muzzle flash, while he was driving near Davenport.
        

Source: FHP: Van struck by bullet on I-4 in Polk County
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Photos of SpaceX Crew Dragon readied for in-flight abort test

SpaceX makes final preparations for Saturday's In-Flight Abort test of its Crew Dragon capsule

       

Source: Photos of SpaceX Crew Dragon readied for in-flight abort test