Broward’s old main courthouse almost empty as moves near end

Time is running out for the mold-plagued building that served as Broward County’s main courthouse for the past 55 years.

The former main entrance to the county’s judicial complex closed at the beginning of May. The remaining judges and courts still holding session in the 10-story structure will relocate to the new courthouse building at Southeast Sixth Street and First Avenue on May 15.

Read more… http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-broward-courthouse-update-20170503-story.html

Palm Beach Dent Repairs

Paint Shuttle specializes in minor body repair, plastic bumper repair, removing small dents, and paint scratch removal on site in a matter of hours.

If you have a vehicle in Palm Beach needing non-collision repairs like auto dent repairs, or door ding repairs, then you’ve come to the right place! Paint Shuttle has been providing top-quality service auto dent repairs to all makes and models or domestic and import cars for over 20 years.

Our portable auto body repair services in Palm Beach are for minor auto dent repairs that the insurance companies either will not cover due to your high deductibles or are priced so high that the actual cost to you is almost double in price.

We can also do some of the major body repairs, but it depends on the level of damage. Our services cover panel repairs or replacements, bumpers, doors, hoods,  side quarter panels and most any minor body paint damage.

Our technicians are fully-licensed, certified and insured and can return your vehicle to like-new condition.

With our mobile services and expert techs, we can have your car or truck back in showroom shape with all the auto dents and dings repaired without leaving your home!

We come to you, on your terms, and bring our 20 years of knowledge, skill  and experience with us.

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1. Call us at 954.551.3200 for a free estimate at your home or office

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Broward Schools hold opportunity event for small business vendors

Broward Schools hold opportunity event for small business vendors

Small, minority and women-owned businesses offered help in securing contracts

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Broward County Public School’s (BCPS) Procurement Warehousing Services Department Supplier Diversity Outreach Program (SDOP) will host a Business Outreach Event on May 8, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 N.W. 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event will provide an overview of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program Policy 3330 and a 2017 Procurement Opportunities Forecast. It is designed for all businesses in the tri-county area interested in doing business with BCPS and is free to attend. Refreshments will be provided for attendees.

For more info: http://thewestsidegazette.com/broward-schools-hold-opportunity-event-for-small-business-vendors/

Wood Flooring by EcoSimplista

Wood is the product of nature, and this flooring collection, From The Forest, embraces every natural aspect of wood: grains, texture, and durability. View the collection on our website: http://www.ecosimplista.com/shop/building/flooring/hardwood.html

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From The Forest – The Choice Collection – Lace White Oak
The Choice Collection celebrates diversity and embraces individuality. Inspired by differences, each wide plank features an unforgettable combination of unique grain patterns and textures. With a color palette ranging from subtle gray neutrals to bold brown hues, this collection is certain to bring natural warmth and character into any room. 8 layers of WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish provide Choice Collection hardwood floors with superior durability, functionality, and lasting beauty. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Residential Warranty, as well as a 5 Year Light Commercial Warranty, this collection is engineered to last and provide many years of comfort. Choose to make a statement that reflects your distinctive style with the Choice Collection.
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From The Forest – The Choice Collection – Ecru White Oak
The Choice Collection celebrates diversity and embraces individuality. Inspired by differences, each wide plank features an unforgettable combination of unique grain patterns and textures. With a color palette ranging from subtle gray neutrals to bold brown hues, this collection is certain to bring natural warmth and character into any room. 8 layers of WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish provide Choice Collection hardwood floors with superior durability, functionality, and lasting beauty. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Residential Warranty, as well as a 5 Year Light Commercial Warranty, this collection is engineered to last and provide many years of comfort. Choose to make a statement that reflects your distinctive style with the Choice Collection.
Style: Wire-brushed
Color Name: Ecru White Oak
Wood Species: Northern White Oak
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From The Forest – The Choice Collection – Sahara White Oak
The Choice Collection celebrates diversity and embraces individuality. Inspired by differences, each wide plank features an unforgettable combination of unique grain patterns and textures. With a color palette ranging from subtle gray neutrals to bold brown hues, this collection is certain to bring natural warmth and character into any room. 8 layers of WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish provide Choice Collection hardwood floors with superior durability, functionality, and lasting beauty. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Residential Warranty, as well as a 5 Year Light Commercial Warranty, this collection is engineered to last and provide many years of comfort. Choose to make a statement that reflects your distinctive style with the Choice Collection.
Style: Wire-brushed
Color Name: Sahara White Oak
Wood Species: Northern White Oak
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From The Forest – The Choice Collection – Biscuit White Oak
The Choice Collection celebrates diversity and embraces individuality. Inspired by differences, each wide plank features an unforgettable combination of unique grain patterns and textures. With a color palette ranging from subtle gray neutrals to bold brown hues, this collection is certain to bring natural warmth and character into any room. 8 layers of WearMax® XT Ceramic Finish provide Choice Collection hardwood floors with superior durability, functionality, and lasting beauty. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Residential Warranty, as well as a 5 Year Light Commercial Warranty, this collection is engineered to last and provide many years of comfort. Choose to make a statement that reflects your distinctive style with the Choice Collection.
Style: Wire-brushed
Color Name: Biscuit White Oak
Wood Species: Northern White Oak
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Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting National Monuments

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting National Monuments, Could Open Up Lands for Oil and Gas Development

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ordering a review of the Antiquities Act and national monuments on more than 100,000 acres.

The review enables the Department of Interior to examine whether any of the monument designations have led to a “loss of jobs, reduced wages and reduced public access.”

“The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water,” President Donald Trump said during a brief ceremony today flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Sec. of the Interior Ryan Zinke. He added that it was “time to end this abusive practice.”

The 1.35-million acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is one of the first targets for review. The monument was created by President Obama last year and has sparked major controversy between Republican lawmakers and conservationists. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah’s congressional delegation led by Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz and Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee have launched a campaign to abolish national monument. More than 270 million acres of American land and waters are potentially at risk—an area two and a half times the size of California.

GOP lawmakers have accused President Obama, who designated more monuments than any other president, of abusing the Antiquities Act to protect land from fossil fuel development.

“By potentially rolling back safeguards for lands and waters that are currently protected from destructive development for generations to come, Trump is carving up this beautiful country into as many corporate giveaways for the oil and gas industry as possible,” said Diana Best of Greenpeace USA. “People in this country who cannot afford the membership fee at Mar-a-Lago want safe water they can drink and public lands for their communities to enjoy.”

National monument designations have protected some of the most iconic places in the country. Dozens of the nation’s most treasured national parks were first protected as monuments, including Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Acadia and Olympic national parks, explained the Center for Biological Diversity.

Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, emphasized that the NRDC will fight the review, and said the president is not authorized to reverse monument designations.

“These public lands belong to all of us,” she said. “The U.S. holds them in trust for the benefit of this and future generations. These monuments have been deemed worthy of permanent conservation because of their unique resources and wildlife, ecological importance, and vulnerability to encroachment and destruction. President Trump and Secretary Zinke should not strip away their protection and subject them to industrial exploitation by polluters or other corporate interests.”

The Center for Biological Diversity noted that more than 50 national monuments are at risk, including vast marine areas in the Pacific and Caribbean. Congress gave the president the authority to designate national monuments on federally owned land under the Antiquities Act of 1906, which was signed into law by President Teddy Roosevelt, for the express purpose of protecting important objects of historic and scientific importance.

“This is a frightening step toward dismantling the protection of some of America’s most important and iconic places: our national parks and monuments,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Trump’s tapping into the right-wing, anti-public-lands zealotry that will take us down a very dangerous path—a place where Americans no longer have control over public lands and corporations are left to mine, frack, clear-cut and bulldoze them into oblivion. It starts with Bears Ears and Grand Staircase and only gets worse from there.”

National monuments are cherished by Americans for their natural beauty and cultural significance.

“There is no need for a review to demonstrate what families across the country already know first-hand—national monuments provide tangible health, natural, and economic benefits,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director. “Protected outdoor spaces drive the outdoor recreation economy which supports 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year. National monuments and public lands are vital both for the history they preserve and the future they offer.

“Contrary to the Trump administration’s thinly veiled hopes,” he added, “this review will reveal what studies, surveys and polls have consistently found across the country—a deep, widespread appreciation for our parks, monuments and other public lands, and a popular belief that they should continue to exist.”

As thousands of people across the country and in Washington, DC are expected to join the People’s Climate March on Saturday, indigenous leaders and climate activists will, as 350.org Executive Director May Boeve points out, “now have to defend our parks and monuments from Big Oil as well.”

Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, put it this way. “This is another Trump action that is another act of aggression against the inherent sovereign rights of our Native Nations to protect the traditional cultural areas and sacred places of American Indian and Alaska Native people,” he said.

“There are many areas in this country, outside of our reserved lands that are of vital importance to our Indigenous peoples’ identity and rich cultural and spiritual history. The 1906 Antiquities Act cannot be stripped on its important historical mandates to designate national monuments to protect areas that have cultural, historical and environmental significance. The act is paramount to all the tribes in this country; for our cultural preservation now and into the future. The frontline Indigenous communities in our network see Trump’s actions as a way to open up fossil fuel and extractive mineral development within these national monuments designated under the 1906 Antiquities Act. Trump’s action must be stopped.”

Companies are also outraged at Trump’s latest executive order. “Less than 24 hours after joining with our industry to celebrate the economic power of outdoor recreation, in a hypocritical move, the Trump administration took unprecedented steps that could result in the removal of protections for treasured public lands,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said.

“We take this as a sign that Trump and his team prefer to cater to fossil fuel interests and state land grabs for unsustainable development, rather than preserve a vital part of our nation’s heritage for future generations by protecting federal lands owned by every citizen.”

 

http://www.ecowatch.com/trump-antiquities-act-bears-ears-2379688298.html

The Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL

The Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL

The Cape Florida Lighthouse Key Biscayne, FL

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A Typical Sunrise By Lee Smith

A typical sunrise with waves, wind and clouds in Tequesta, FL – mornings are always a fun time for me.

A typical sunrise with waves, wind and clouds - mornings are always a fun time for me.
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Broward takes first steps toward ‘Downtown West’

This week, Broward County embraced a development vision for the land, a potential playbook created by the Urban Land Institute. The nonprofit real estate consultancy visited the site, studied it and issued the report this month. To carry it out, the County Commission agreed Tuesday to hire two real estate employees, including a director of real estate.

Read more .. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/broward-politics-blog/fl-sb-broward-arena-redevelopment-20170206-story.html

Palm Beach Auto Paint Scratch Repair

We specialize in minor body repair, plastic bumper repair, removing small dents, and paint scratch removal on site in a matter of hours - cover Broward and Palm Beach counties.Our Palm Beach portable auto scratch repair services are for minor body repairs that the insurance companies either will not cover due to your high deductibles or are priced so high that the actual cost to you is almost double in price.

Paint Shuttle offers a Palm Beach mobile body shop service to repair your minor vehicle damages like scratches, dents and dings right at your home or office. We cover Broward and Palm Beach counties in South Florida.

It will be almost impossible to tell that a car was ever scratched because your car will look as if it was never damaged!

  • Returning your lease ? Why pay high fees at a dealer to repair your car scratches?
  • Why tie up your car in a collision repair center for days on a small repair when we come to you?
  • Why have extra rental fees while your car is being repaired?
  • Now we can offer our mobile auto body repair services to you, at almost wholesale prices.
  • All minor auto body damages like auto paint scratches are sanded, filled and painted to match the exact color of paint using our computerized paint matching system.
  • We can even repair clear coat damage depending on the auto finish.
  • We can also do some of the major body repairs, but it depends on the level of damage. Our services cover panel repairs or replacements, bumpers, doors, hoods, side quarter panels and most any minor body paint damage.

Contact us for a Free Quote and find out for yourself how we can save your time and money.

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Paint Shuttle is a Mobile Auto Body Shop Paint Repair Service

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Reclaimed wood available now at EcoSimplista

Eco Simplista - South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions
Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S. All the reclaimed wood is hand-milled for reuse in homes, offices, stores, and restaurants. Each batch of reclaimed wood is unique and varies in texture and color.
Reclaimed Wood from EcoSimplista

Our Reclaimed Wood comes in Various Lengths & Widths

Call us at 954-565-5900 to find out if we have other wood not listed!

Our mission
As South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of Eco Simplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will.

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