Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 020516 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 5, 2016
by Gerri Reaves
Rose-of-Plymouth (Sabatia stellaris)
is native to most of the eastern
and Gulf states of the U.S .
A member of the gentian family, it
is also called marsh-pink, sea-pink, and
saltmarsh sabatia. It pops up in coastal
marshes, low pinewoods, wet prairies,
vacant lots and ditches.
This pretty flower needs plenty of
moisture and is suitable for a natural
landscape or a wildflower or bog garden.
It does best in full sun and rich soil and
does not tolerate long periods of drought.
The five-petaled pink flowers mea-
sure about an inch to an inch and a half
across and range in color from pale to
deep pink and sometimes white.
They bloom nearly year-round in
South Florida, appearing singly at the
ends of delicate branched stems.
The ter m “stellaris,” which means star-
shaped, refers to the eye, or center. The
color contrast in the eye is conspicuous
– a jagged red line separates the inner
yellow-green and the outer white.
The opposite linear to lance-shaped
smooth leaves are about an inch and a
half long, with the lower leaves being
Rose-of-Plymouth can be propagated
with cuttings or with the seeds from the
Sources: Everglades Wildflowers
by Roger L. Hammer, Native Florida
Plants by Robert G. Haehle and Joan
Brookwell, Wildflowers of Florida by
Jaret C. Daniels and Stan Tekiela, ena-
ture.com, regionalconservation.org, and
Plant Smart explores the diverse
flora of South Florida.
Avolunteer naturalist will lead
a mile-long nature walk at
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve
East on Saturday, February 13 at 9 a.m.
The preserve is at 10130 Bayshore
Road, North Fort Myers.
The walk, which is offered free of
charge, will be on an ADA-compliant
boardwalk that takes participants through
wetlands, oak hammocks and pine
Restrooms and picnic shelters are
available at this Conservation 20/20 pre-
serve. Participants will meet in the park-
ing lot. No reservations are required, and
no pets are allowed on this walk.
Dress for the weather. Hats, binocu-
lars, camera, bug spray, water and sturdy,
closed-toe shoes are recommended. Call
707-0862 for additional information.
The jagged red line in the flower’s eye cre-
ates a conspicuous color contrast
photos by Gerri Reaves
Native rose-of-Plymouth is a saltmarsh
Hikers check out ferns from the
Caloosahatchee Creek boardwalk
The Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) recently awarded
more than $375 million in low-
interest loans and loan increases to eight
Florida communities for new or existing
wastewater treatment facilities through
the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
“Investments in water infrastructure
projects offer numerous benefits to
Florida’s communities, including pro-
tecting water quality, supporting our
state’s growing population and ensuring
the protection of public health and the
environment,” said DEP Secretary Jon
Steverson. “DEP is proud to partner with
communities to make vital investments.”
The Clean Water State Revolving
Fund program provides low-interest loans
for planning, designing and constructing
water pollution control facilities.
Lee County was awarded $28.8 mil-
lion to fund modifications to the existing
headworks and oxidation ditches, an addi-
tional 1.5 -million gallon oxidation ditch,
a new administrative building and a new
electrical building, which will enable the
plant to meet permit requirements at the
originally permitted capacity.
“Helping Florida’s cities, counties and
smaller communities to either build waste-
water treatment facilities or upgrade exist-
ing ones is crucial to the environment and
a priority of the department,” said Trina
Vielhauer, director of the Division of Water
Restoration Assistance. “These CWSRF
projects often take place over many years
with little fanfare, but they are a vital part
of Florida’s water restoration efforts.”
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Program has awarded more than $4 bil-
lion in loans for wastewater and stormwa-
ter improvement projects since its incep-
tion in 1989, including approximately
$1.1 billion for about 120 projects in the
past five years. The program is funded by
federal grants, state matching funds, loan
repayments and interest earnings. For
more information, visit http://www.dep.
Author To Speak
At Local Library
Lisa Black, author of the suspense
series featuring Theresa McLean,
will be the guest speaker at the
February 12 meeting of the Friends of
Lakes Regional Library at 1 p.m . at the
Black, who is a forensic specialist for
the Cape Coral Police Department, will
discuss the latest book in the series titled
Close To The Bone.
Lakes Regional Library is located at
15290 Bass Road. All are welcome to
attend this free program.
Pure Florida To Offer
Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruises
In observation of Valentine’s
Day, Pure Florida invites
the Southwest Florida com-
munity to enjoy celebratory
cruises on Sunday, Feb. 14,
setting sail at 5:30 p.m . from
its Naples and Fort Myers
locations. Pure Florida’s
Valentine’s Day sunset cruises
are available for $37.50 per
passenger at its Naples loca-
tion and $32 per passenger at
its Fort Myers location. Each
couple will receive one com-
Passengers cruising from
Pure Florida’s Naples loca-
tion will sail aboard the M/V
Double Sunshine, traveling
along the Gordon River while
watching for dolphins. Guests
visiting Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will cruise aboard the M/V Edison Explorer,
cruising along the Caloosahatchee River while watching for local birds as they return
to their rookeries. Aboard the vessel, guests are invited to relax and enjoy the natural
beauty of Southwest Florida and observe the wildlife native to the region. Narration on
local history, wildlife and ecology is provided by Coast Guard-certified captains, also
master naturalists. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase on-board.
The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth
Ave. S. in Naples and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison
Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. Reservations are required. For more
information on Pure Florida, or to register for a Valentine’s Day sunset cruise, call
Pure Florida’s Naples location at 239-263-4949, its Fort Myers location at 239-919-
2965 or visit www.PureFL.com.
Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations will offer
a Valentine’s Day sunset cruise Sunday, Feb. 14 .
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