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Martin County is home to one of the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere. It is situated right here in our own backyard, Martin County, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.  

The St. Lucie Inlet is one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in North America. It separates the barrier islands of Hutchison Island and Jupiter Island. The inlet connects Atlantic Ocean to several lagoon and estuarine tidal systems. This ecosystem is a favorite for nature enthusiasts interested in learning about the native flora and fauna of Florida barrier islands. Plants in the estuary, such as mangroves, attract lots of different animals to the estuary and those animals attract other animals to the estuary.  The ecosystem is a

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Climb to the top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse this Wednesday for the reoccurring Lighthouse Sunset Tour.

During the tour, you’ll get to witness the Lighthouse light lite up the sky and get a tour of the Lighthouse Watch room to see how everything works. The tours last approximately 75 minutes long and the tours are weather permitting.

The cost to attend is $20 dollars per person or $15 dollars for Lighthouse Members. Children must be 48 inches tall to climb the lighthouse tower. Those who attend must be able to climb the lighthouse 105 steps to the top.

For tickets, click here.

This Lighthouse Sunset Tour will also include a special treat. All paid attendees will receive a free Tommy Bahama Voucher that is good for signature drinks, appetizers or

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This weekend, head to the Riverwalk Plaza in Jupiter for the inaugural Toast to the Coast hosted by Teach the Beach Foundation.

The Toast to the Coast will help benefit the ocean and environment conservation. Many outreach and learning programs will be present from many of our local environmental conversation non-profits and organizations.

The event will feature local Food Trucks and live music from Jakob Takos and Kevin O Live. There will also be shopping, entertainment and much more.

Teach the Beach Foundation is a no profit organization whose mission is to create awareness and educate the public on ways to help conserve our local oceans and environment.

Tickets range in price and a VIP ticket that includes early entry, unlimited beverages, exclusive

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The Mounts Botanical Garden is once again hosting their holiday Garden of Lights event for 12 nights in December.

Visitors can see thousands of holiday lights on display through the gardens and tropical foliage. The lights will illuminate an easy to follow pathway through the various garden areas. The Garden of Lights will also highlight new features including the interactive Stickwork installation, Signature Ridge, Trellis Tunnel, and Butterfly Garden.

All are welcomed and encourage to attend this holiday season. Tickets are available for $8 dollars for Mount Members, $12.50 dollars for Non-Members and children ages 5 to 12-year-old are $5 dollars per person. Tickets are good for any day during the Garden of Light’s 12 days.

Event Details:
Dates: Friday,

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Palm Beach County is the third-most populous county in the Sunshine State. It continues to grow with the influx of homeowners wishing to live in a tropical destination in the continental United States.  Palm Beach County was named after one of its oldest settled areas in Florida and was created in 1909, after splitting from Dade County. It is the wealthiest per-capita county in Florida.

1) The average annual temperature is 78 degrees and almost 250 days of sunshine yearly.   The American Lung Association’s latest report on national air quality stated that Palm Beach County only averages one day a year of smog!                               

2) Palm Beach County School District has the eighth-highest graduation rate in the United States. It

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This Saturday, head to Juno Beach to help keep our beautiful beaches and ocean clean. Every month a group of friends gather together for a monthly Beach Clean Up.
The Beach Clean Up is hosted by Lynne Wells and Blue Friends and the event is held on the third Saturday of every month. All are welcomed to help keep our beaches clean.

You are asked to bring a bucket to collect the trash, gardening gloves if you have them and closed toe shoes. Following the hour-long Beach Clean Up there will be a light breakfast sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Trader Joes. There will also be complimentary coffee provided by Oceana Coffee.

If you are interested in participating, RSVP to Lynne at bluefriends@marinelife.org.

Event Details:
When: Saturday, December 14th
Time: 8:30

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One of Palm Beach County's best qualities is its beautiful natural ecosystems. Locals and seasonal residents alike cherish the wildlife and natural beauty of SOFLO, especially during the Fall.

Here are some of the top places to visit if you love nature and want to preserve Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife! 

Arthur R. Marshal

Located just north of the Everglades in Boynton Beach, Florida is the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a dedicated organization that is devoted to preserving the wildlife of the Florida Everglades. 

What makes the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge so special is that not only do they serve a great cause but it is a fun place to learn, visit and give back to

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This Thursday join in on the Culture of Change Yoga Class with Jennifer Martin in downtown West Palm Beach.

The monthly series of wellness classes were launched in January 2019 and the goal was to help bring the community together to support a great cause. Every month there is a different theme and community partner change.

The outdoor Yoga class is Thursday, December 12th at 7 pm. The class is taught every month by Jennifer Martin and runs approximately 75 minutes long. The month of December is about the holidays and this month’s cause is helping to support the WPTV’s Toy Drive located on the Square.

Class Details:
When: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 7 pm to 8:15 pm with Check In beginning at 6:30 pm
Where: Rosemary Square downtown West Palm Beach

You are

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Blowing Rocks Preserve is like no other beach along the Florida Atlantic coast. Sandy beach is complimented by unique geological rock formations. Waves interact with these natural structures to produce a beautiful geyser show in some areas, and if you come here on a calm day you can see lots of marinelife and sea turtles below.

This beach is always clean and relatively quieter than other public beaches, and there are gorgeous mangrove-lined trails if you’re up for a little exploring. If you plan to do a lot of walking, bring water shoes or sneakers as the sand does get hotter on your feet throughout the day.

If you want to see the reason why it’s called “blowing rocks”, make sure you go at high tide!

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There are 1773 documented species that occupy tropical reefs worldwide, and South Florida has the most diverse population of fish in America, with 531 species to admire. To put this into perspective, Hawaii only has 332 different reef inhabitants. From angelfish and parrotfish to sea turtles and dolphins, here are a few exciting species to look for while you're snorkeling on a reef in Palm Beach.

 

Queen Angelfish

Queen Angelfish are quite possibly some of the most beautiful and iconic fish in the sea, and acquired their name from their “crowns”, a round black/blue spot on top of their heads. Angelfish are omnivores, eating mostly sponges and algae, and they usually live alone or in pairs, so it has been theorized that they are monogamous and

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