Stephanie Pew, outgoing President of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park
earns the President’s Call to Service Award for her over 4100 volunteer hours.
Last night, at the Friends Annual Board Meeting, Stephanie was presented with an official President’s Volunteer Service Award Pin, a personalized certificate of achievement and a note of congratulations from President Barak Obama.
Congratulations and thank you Stephanie for your tireless dedication to MacArthur Beach State Park!!
The Florida Park Service has received a record third Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Park Association, in partnership with the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. The award for Excellence in Park Recreation Management is presented to communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and administrating a complex system of state parks.
This achievement makes Florida the only system in the nation to win a third Gold Medal award. In fact, no other system has ever won two Gold Medal awards and systems are not allowed to apply for the award within five years of receiving a Gold Medal. Considerations for this award were based on the agency’s ability to address needs of those it serves through collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.
To read more visit www.nrpa.org/2013-Gold-Medal-Award-Grand-Plaque-Award-Recipients-Announced/
An Embarrassment of Riches
By Leslie LILLY
Enterprising developers have come and gone in Palm Beach County. They left behind, as evidence of their passing, decidedly mixed results; but to some we owe acknowledgment and an expression of gratitude for the generosity to protect through their philanthropy a small portion of what is unique about the state of Florida’s landscape. A stunning example of a deed well done is John D. MacArthur’s donation of land for a public park, which along with the support of the state of Florida and others, enabled the establishment in 1989 of the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, the only state park in Palm Beach County.
Read the entire article Florida Weekly Palm Beach Gardens
Did you see the article “MacArthur Park a Birding Paradise” in the Palm Beach Post on Sunday, August 4? Follow the link… http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/roseate-spoonbills-other-wading-birds-found-at-mac/nZCdY/
MacArthur Beach State Park recently got the “green light” from the State to create and implement a Beach Ambassador Program. This volunteer position has been created to provide safety information to visitors including information about beach conditions, rip currents and the flag system.
If you are interested in becoming a Beach Ambassador please contact Park Services Specialist Lu Dodson at 561-776-7449 ext. 108.
Join us on Saturday July 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for technical and artistic instruction by two local professionals .
Bruce Bain’s work has been on exhibition at the Jupiter Art Gallery, Palm Beach Photographic Center, Dennis Dean Gallery, Lighthouse Art Gallery, 101 Gallery, Palm Beach International Airport, and Too Bazar Gallery. www.brucebaincom
Durga Garcia is a published, International Award winning South Florida based freelance professional photographer of art for artists, portraits, commercial projects & events.
- Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced.
- Instruction in classroom and on the trail; the last hour will be a critique of individual photos shared with the entire group.
- Bring your own camera equipment, point and shoot or SLR.
- Wear light clothing, bring sun block and mosquito repellent.
- Drinks and light snacks provided.
- Fee is $35.00, does not include Park admittance.
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Have fun diving this summer with the 3rd Annual
Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup!
Palm Beach County Reef Cleanup: August 3, 2013
For more information contact Karen Bohnsack at (305) 795-1204 or Karen.Bohnsack@dep.state.fl.us.
• Jupiter Dive Center, Jupiter, FL:
o (561) 745-7807
• Narcosis Dive Charters, Riveria Beach, FL:
o (561) 630-0606
• Splashdown Divers, Boynton Beach, FL:
o (561) 736-0712
• Pura Vida Divers, Lake Park, FL:
o (561) 840-8750
• Sunstar Aquatic Services
o (561) 368-9952
Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic held at John D. MacArthur State Park on June 22th, 2013.
The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and advance registration is required. The event is capped at 20 participants. Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, boating safety, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.
This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.
Fishing equipment and bait will be provided during the clinic, but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.
To register or get more information, please email Jennifer Saranzak at Jennifer.saranzak@MyFWC.com or call 352-543-9219, ext. 216.
Congratulations to Noah Kersten for winning Best of Show with Bird Beach.