Startrails over the Florida Everglades

Startrails over the Florida Everglades
Photo by Lee Smith – Startrails over the Florida Everglades

I got up 2:30am, had my coffee and left my house by 3am. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to reach my destination deep in the Florida Everglades. I have to walk through the area in total darkness with a small flashlight to find my spot to setup my tripod and shoot. I usually adjust my camera settings at home before leaving, so I do not have to waste time on site. I have to capture about (180) 20 second images. When I get home, I download all the images and select the 180 images to stack and combine in my software. The whole processing part can take about 30-45 minutes once the image is combined to get this result.
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The Fall Equinox at Deering Estate

The sun just rose above the horizon at the Deering Estate on this day – the Fall Equinox, when the sun rises in the middle of the boat basin. Creating an incredible sunrise photograph.

he Deering Estate on this day - the Fall Equinox, when the sun rises in the middle of the boat basin. Creating an incredible sunrise photograph
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Love-In Music Festival at Greynolds Park

Get your groove on at the Love-In Music Festival on Sunday, Oct. 3 at Greynolds Park. The annual outdoor music festival celebrates the era of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Gates open at 10 a.m. for a day of live outdoor concerts, with performances by:

  • Pure Heart Tribute (Heart tribute band)
  • The Boss Project (Bruce Springsteen tribute band)
  • Mr. Nice Guy

Enjoy Oktoberfest with German food and beer, food trucks, vendors, 60s, 70s, and 80s-costume contest, classic cars, and other fan favorites you’ve come to love and enjoy.

Read more:
https://www.miamidade.gov/global/news-item.page

Deactivating Facebook

Deactivating Facebook isn’t enough. Here’s how to permanently delete your account

Getting rid of your Facebook account takes some patience. Here’s how to delete your account for good and completely cut ties with the social network.

It’s important to note that there’s a difference between deleting your Facebook account and deactivating it. Deactivating your Facebook account temporarily freezes it, which is useful if you want a brief hiatus. But that does nothing to prevent the company from tracking your online activity.

The steps you can take to delete your account:
https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/deactivating-facebook

Wells Fargo donates $15,000 to Habitat Broward

Moreau-family-photo - Wells Fargo donates $15,000 to Habitat Broward to help Broward County families access affordable housing Wells Fargo donates $15,000 to Habitat Broward to help
Broward County families access affordable housing

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (August 18, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward is one of more than 220 Habitat for Humanity organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help families unable to obtain conventional financing to become first-time homeowners.

Wells Fargo’s $15,000 grant to Habitat Broward will help provide the Moreaus, a hard-working family of seven, with a home of their own in A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

“Far too many people across the country are facing housing instability and one of our key priorities is to create housing affordability solutions where everyone can have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Wells Fargo South Florida Social Impact and Sustainability Leader Leo Toca. “We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity of Broward in providing homeownership opportunities in South Florida.”

“Wells Fargo understands the economic empowerment that comes with homeownership and is acting on this belief across the nation,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and Executive Director. “Families like the Moreaus would not achieve the dream of homeownership without great corporate citizens like Wells Fargo and we can’t thank them enough.”

The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 340 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40 states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is the leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 37 on Fortune’s 2021 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.

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Habitat Broward Receives $30,000 Grant from Truist Foundation

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has received a $30,000 grant from Truist Foundation to support its NW 27th Avenue Project, a bold initiative to build affordable housing and revitalize a historic Pompano Beach community.

Habitat Broward Receives $30,000 Grant from Truist Foundation

“We are so honored and grateful to receive this Truist Foundation grant to support this revitalization project within the NW 27th Avenue corridor,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and executive director. “This project within a priority redevelopment area offers critical opportunities for first-time homeownership for families while boosting area economic growth.”

Empty lots within the Collier City area have been linked to increased blight, crime and civic disengagement. Habitat Broward will partner with the City of Pompano Beach to build 12 new homes, increase street lighting and improve McNair Park. In conjunction, Broward County will add an attractive new Broward Sherriff’s Office substation to the area. These elements will encourage revitalization, reduce opportunities for crime and create the community stability that comes with single-family home development.

“At Truist our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities, and expanding affordable housing is a big part of that,” said Tony Coley, South Florida regional president for Truist on behalf of the Truist Foundation. “I’m proud of our continued partnership with Habitat for Humanity and aligning our missions to support local families.”

Rick Case Habitat Community Building 76 Affordable Homes

Groundbreaking Marks A Rick Case Habitat Community
Surpassing Halfway Milestone in Building 76 Affordable Homes

Groundbreaking Marks A Rick Case Habitat Community Surpassing Halfway Milestone in Building 76 Affordable Homes
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Habitat for Humanity of Broward held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for five homes which will surpass the halfway milestone of Building 76 Homes in A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

Raquel and Ryan Case representing Rick Case Automotive Group joined, Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward and future homeowners, Shandell and Shandel Bryan at the ceremony to mark the milestone.

“Today we dedicate the ground upon which five new future homeowners will achieve the dream of homeownership, thanks to our amazing supporters and volunteers. This groundbreaking marks a huge milestone in the achievement of the largest affordable single-family home community in Broward’s history,” said Robin.

Rick Case Automotive Group sponsored two of the five homes. Other family home sponsors are Sunbeam Television/WSVN Channel 7, Burdette Beckman, Inc. and the Robert Taylor Family.

The $18 million Rick Case Habitat Community will provide affordable housing to hard-working families living and working in Broward who are unable to obtain conventional financing.

Ed Ansin and Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group provided the initial funding for the project’s infrastructure. The project was also made possible by the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, City of Pompano Beach, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., the Hudson Family Foundation, and others are major contributors. A portion of the infrastructure work was donated by the US Army 766 Engineer Company.

Home construction began in the fall of 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

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Florida Used to Encourage More Condo Inspections and Repair Plans

In 2008, Florida lawmakers passed a law to encourage condo associations to inspect and have a plan to deal with repairs, commonly known as a “reserve study,” every five years. State lawmakers overwhelmingly repealed the law two years later.

Read more…
https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/surfside-condo-collapse/florida-used-to-encourage-more-condo-inspections-and-repair-plans/2492014/

Virgin Galactic space plane returns safely

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. – Billionaire entrepreneur and adventurer Richard Branson’s dream of space travel was realized and celestial tourism took a leap forward Sunday as Virgin Galactic’s rocket ship reached the edge of space during a historic flight from Spaceport America.

Read more…
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/07/11/virgin-galactic-richard-branson-historic-spaceflight/7929775002/

Florida Keys Remain Under Tropical Storm Watch

Elsa prompted Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in 15 Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Monroe, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota.

“The threat posed by Elsa requires that timely precautions are taken to protect the communities, critical infrastructure, and general welfare of Florida,” DeSantis’ executive order reads.

Read more….
https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international/elsa-moving-toward-jamaica-and-cuba-florida-keys-under-tropical-storm-watch/2487577/