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Posted by zzz - Lorea Thomson on Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 2:56pm.


It is almost springtime, and since 1918, it is that time of year when we lose that one hour of sleep. 

Daylight Savings Time kicks in this weekend on SUNDAY, MARCH 10th, 2013 at 2:00am.

It sounds so cheery and uplifting, “spring forward”,  but why is everyone so irritable?  It is only one little hour.  Did you know that Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time?  Nor does every part of Arizona – the Navajo Nation does not observe daylight savings time.  U.S. overseas territories of Puerto Rico, America Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands also do not observe daylight savings time.

You could just blame it on Benjamin Franklin.  He suggested it back in 1784 in an effort to save on candles.   It wasn't until 1918 that it came to fruition when the U.S. railroads initiated a standardized time for their train schedule.  The change was imposed during WWI to conserve energy and then repealed after the war. Reinstated during WWII and it was left up to the states to decide as when it would start and end.  From 1945 to 1966 there was no federal law regarding daylight savings time, so states and localities were free to choose whether to observe it. The transportation industry found the lack of nationwide consistency confusing.  The inconsistency resulted in the Uniform Time Act (P.L. 89-387)  of 1966 that mandated “standard time within the established time zones and provided for advanced time one hour beginning at 2:00am …”  By the Energy Policy Act of 2005, daylight savings time was moved from April back to March.

Living in beautiful  Jupiter, Tequesta, and Palm Beach Gardens areas setting the clocks forward by hour is a bonus  The evenings give us one more hour of sunlight to appreciate the surrounding beauty of pristine beaches, turquoise intracoastal waterway, or the bountiful Loxahatchee River. Take advantage of the extra hours to enjoy until November when we “fall back” to old time. You can't help but loving here!!!

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