Deep-Water Injection Well in Coconut Creek Will Pollute Drinking Water, Residents Say

by Broward PalmBeach NewTimes

“Waste Management Inc.’s plan to shoot “garbage juice” thousands of feet underground into the Florida Aquifer has outraged environmentalists. They fear runoff from the company’s Monarch Hill Landfill near Coconut Creek in unincorporated Broward County will pollute drinking water with toxins”

February 2015 Hillsboro Light Station Tour

Saturday, February 7 from Sands Harbor Resort

8 shuttle boats, starting at 8:30am mark the February 7th tour of the Hillsboro Light Station.

Deerfeild Beach Inlet LighthouseA current Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) (single, family, business or lifetime) membership or a $25 per person transportation fee payable at the dock is required for the boat ride from the Sands Harbor dock in Pompano Beach. Alternatively, you can prepay via Paypal (please bring a copy of your receipt to the dock with you), for one of the following levels (one-year membership, except as noted).

  • Individual – $25
  • Family – $50 (for up to two adults and their children (age 18 and under) – Please Note: grandchildren are not eligible for admission under a family membership)
  • Business – $100
  • Lifetime – One-time payment of $500 or more.

Parking is across the street from the Sands in the Pompano Beach City (pay) lot.

Membership includes boat transportation to and from the lighthouse on tour days, our quarterly newsletter, and free admission to all HLPS programs and lectures.

Tours are first-come, first-serve, and the first boat of the day usually fills up, leaving the dock at approximately 8:30am, and again at the bottom of every hour until the tour ends, returning from the lighthouse at the top of each hour. Sailing times for this tour are available on our Web page.

The tour does include the boat ride to and from the dock, a walking tour of the grounds, access to the beach (some choose to picnic) and the lighthouse tower, along with your option to climb the 175 steps up the circular stairway to the observation platform, which has successfully been done by lighthouse enthusiasts from age 6 to 93. However, since the lighthouse is an active aid to navigation, the lens room is locked and is inaccessible. There are also chairs on the property for sitting and a gazebo as well, but feel free to bring beach chairs. HLPS also sells water, but does not sell food.

In addition, the following rules apply to climb the lighthouse:

  • No bare feet – no flip-flops or clogs
  • Appropriate closed-toed footwear (USCG requirement) must be worn and must fit firmly on your feet
  • No back-packs – but we will safeguard yours for your trip to the top
  • Camera cases are allowed, but we recommend that they be worn across the chest to prevent accidental damage
  • Children must be 48 inches tall and be accompanied by an adult.

The HLPS Museum is also open on Tour days from 9am to 3pm, which is located at the Hillsboro Inlet Park on A1A at 2700 N. Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach. You?ll need to stop by the museum separately, before or after your visit to the lighthouse. In addition, the museum is also open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am until 2 pm on most days, or you can contact Judy Knoebel, our Lighthouse Museum Manager at to arrange a private visit.

All dates and times, and the tour boat location are subject to change, including cancellation due to inclement weather, Any updates to the schedule can be found at HLPS web site at

About Tours

Hillsboro Lighthouse is an active aid to navigation, and it is only via special dispensation from the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard that the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is able to have up to 12 tours per year of the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station and open the grounds to the public. Future dates and details can be found on our Web page.

Sands Harbor Resort and Marina

For over 50 years, Sands Harbor Resort has been a South Florida landmark and a premier vacation destination, and is a long time friend of HLPS.

Parking for HLPS tours is across the street from the Sands Harbor (125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062) at the Pompano Beach City Lot (pay lot). Sands Harbor can be reached by dialing toll-free at 800-227-3353, or via email at

Click here for Google maps.

“A Place at the Table,” “Phantom” and other movies opening this weekend

Cold war thriller or food documentary? Frankenstein hunt or attempt to oust Pinochet? No matter your taste, there’s probably a movie for you this weekend. Of course, just because it’s your kind of genre doesn’t mean it’s good. From best to worst, according to our critics, here are this weekend’s new movies.

RCR Distribution

“Phantom,” starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny. (RCR Distribution)

A Place at the Table: A hearty ★★★½ for this documentary about hunger and empty calories in America — we have enough food, just not the right kind.

No: ★★★ for this flick about the quixotic advertising campaign to oust Pinochet from Chile.

Phantom: ★★ This Cold War thriller starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny has its good bits, but is plenty uneven.

The Frankenstein Theory: ★★ This found-footage film about searching for the real Frankenstein does add up to a few frights.

21 and Over: ★★ A guy celebrates his big birthday with pals in this raunchy comedy. You can guess how it goes.

Jack and the Giant Slayer: A measly ★½ for this take on the old fairy tale, that will appeal to, um, we don’t really know.

The Last Exorcism Part II: And ★ for this movie about, well… please just let this be the last.

Big Blockbuster: 12 New Movies We Want To See In 2013

House Plants That Improve Air Quality According to NASA

February 9, 2012
Posted by Casie Terry

NASA once partnered with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) to investigate which household plants best act as natural air purifiers and found 15 common plants that effectively improve air quality. Based on ease-of-care, attainability, appearance and effectiveness, here are our top six air purifying plants.

  • Bamboo Palm
  • Snake Plant
  • Areca Palm
  • Spider Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy

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Road trip route of the week: The Florida Keys

Highway 1 is draped with classic Americana, from kitschy gift shops selling seashell jewellery to burger stands offering shakes and fries, here’s the low down on this scenic island-hopping adventure.

When it comes to all American road trips it’s easy to think of the mighty popular Route 66 straight away. But forget the Midwest and East and West coasts; it’s all about The Overseas Highway in Florida.

Ok, so it’s not going to take you through rugged country and “real” America, but it’s worth a drive just for the simple reason that it’s known as “the Highway that Goes to Sea”.

A modern wonder in its own right, this route is the “magic carpet” by which visitors from Florida’s mainland can cross countless coral and limestone islets through that special world of the Florida Keys.

The highway follows a trail originally blazed in 1912 when Henry Flagler extended his Florida East Coast Railroad from Miami to Key West.

It was in the late 1930s that the highway was begun allowing for The Florida Keys — which now host more than three million visitors annually —to become an easily accessible tourist destination by car and bus.

And what do these visitors see?  

Key Largo

Key Largo, called “the first of the Florida Keys,” because of its northernmost location along the Florida Keys chain, is an hour’s drive from South Florida’s two major airports. Yet it is a world away.

Home to two state parks, a national park, a national marine sanctuary, Key Largo boasts some of the most fascinating botanical scenery in the state.

Also visit the ‘African Queen’, the boat made famous in Humphrey Bogart’s film of the same name.


Our Village, a collection of Islands, is situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park in one direction and North America’s only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other.

This might be the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water.

With a fleet of highly-skilled recreational fishing captains, Islamorada’s reputation as The Sport Fishing Capital of the World is well earned.


This quaint tropical city is conveniently situated in the middle of the Keys island chain.

Located mainly on Vaca, Fat Deer, and Grassy Key, Marathon is a 10- mile-long family-oriented island community rooted in a heritage of fishing, and reflects the old-Keys lifestyle that residents, snowbirds and visitors enjoy so much.

It is maintaining this simple, seafaring tradition that has made Marathon so special, celebrated through the community’s annual family-friendly seafood festivals.

Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys

If you’ve had enough of an overcrowded and weary world, the islands of the Lower Keys are the place for you.

Here, you can snorkel or dive over the Looe Key coral reef, ride a bicycle through Key Deer country, take a fishing adventure in the back country or troll the deep blue waters beyond the reef.

At the end of the day, you can trade stories with family and friends at one of the area’s tiki bars, RV parks, campgrounds, quaint resorts or licensed vacation homes. The Earthy fragrance of mangrove forests and wetlands is never far away.

Key West

Discover a city where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain.

Stroll the palm-lined streets and spot the gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House and Ernest Hemingway’s home.

Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Lou Gehrig, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams.

Gaze at the fabled treasure of the galleon Atocha and discover tomorrow’s fine art treasures by Key West’s well-known and unknown artists.

Watch the video below and take a first0hand sneak-peek at what this magnificent 125 mile route has to offer.


Have you been on a road trip through America? Tell us more about your experience below or tweet me @Shabana_FAM


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