How forever chemicals are getting into Miami’s Biscayne Bay

PFAS, the “forever chemicals” that have been raising health concerns across the country, are not just a problem in drinking water. As these chemicals leach out of failing septic systems and landfills and wash off airport runways and farm fields, they can end up in streams that ultimately discharge into ocean ecosystems where fish, dolphins, manatees, sharks and other marine species live

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Barn Doors, Hanging Hardware & Tracks

Barn Doors are a new way for adding doors in homes and minimizing the door space. They slide on wheels in solidly mounted tracks and are easy to open & quiet.

Designed for the Interior of your home and Custom built to your specifications by EcoSimplista

  • These doors take about 2-3 weeks to build
  • 1 1/2″ thick
  • It is delivered fully built
  • Hardware not included but call us to decide on which hardware would be best for you Barn Door. Hardware Kits – Barn Door Hardware, Handles, Tracks

Watch this short video for measuring a door Frame for A Hanging Barn Door

3 Panel Craftsman Barn Door
The 3-Panel Craftsman Sliding Barn Door adds a modern craftsman touch to a traditionally rustic barn door design. The door has the traditional standard frame, and contains a solid core with the classic craftsman 3 panel design.
5 Panel Acrylic Barn Door
The Contemporary 5-Panel Glass Barn Door is the ultimate addition to any home. All doors are made from alder wood, and frosted or clear acrylic glass, offering your choice of transparency and modern design.
Artisan 2 Panel Barn Door
The Artisan 2-Panel door is a variation of the 2-Panel door. The X in the lower half adds a distinct look and rush of rustic into any home decor. The door itself is made with mortise and tenon joinery, along with engineered Alder rails and stiles to ensure the doors longevity.

Artisan Brace Barn Door
The Artisan Brace barn door is a time tested design with an Artisan touch. The door is divided into two panels. Vertical T&G is strengthening the core and engineered alder rails and stiles strongly holds the door square. The door itself is made with mortise and tenon joinery and crafted to the custom specifications ordered by each customer.

Chalkboard Barn Door
The Chalkboard Sliding Barn Door is a simple and functional addition to any creative home or space. The chalkboard center can capture ideas, act as a calendar, or display fun artwork done by the little ones. The barn door is made from hand-selected Engineered Alder Wood for the highest quality and lowest warping or movement by the wood. The chalkboard has a solid core wood center and a thick chalkboard coated exterior for continued use.

Reclaimed Panel Barn Door
The Reclaimed Panel Barn Door is made from hand-picked nature-aged lumber. Because of the unique quality of nature-aged wood we do not paint or stain the doors in our shop.

Z Sliding Barn Door
The Z Sliding Barn Door is the essence of barn doors. While there is no limit in how the door is used, the simple construction and recognized Z design recalls recognition in the minds of all who see. The door is built with a paneled core of vertical boards. The top and the bottom have a piece of wood horizontal that is routed out, and the center panels slide into the groove. This creates a double sided door that looks good from either side.

Wide assortment of Barn Door Hardware

Barn Door Handles

Barn Doors, Hardware and Handles

EcoSimplista – Your Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Company
217 SW 33rd Court.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
(954) 565-5900
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Looking to do a renovation? Use AFM Safecoat sealers & paint needs!

Looking to do a renovation, call us at EcoSimplista (954-565-5900) for all of your AFM safecoat sealers & paint needs!

AFM Safecoat offers the safest, highest quality and least toxic paints and building products on the planet.

It’s never too early or too late to improve your living space with healthy products! Whether you’re renovating your long-time family home or decorating a child’s room or nursery, AFM Safecoat offers the safest, highest quality and least toxic paints and building products on the planet.

AFM Safecoat offers the safest, highest quality and least toxic paints and building products on the planet.

Visit or call (954) 565-5900 to see which products best fit your project.

Live Life Simplista.

We believe it is possible to live life ‘green’ regardless of one’s income or position in life.
It takes a step by step approach to transition to a less selfish, clean, sustainable lifestyle. Each step becomes its own reward. Let us all try to leave this planet, our home, cleaner than we found it for the future of all humanity.

EcoSimplista – Your Eco\Friendly Home Improvement Company
217 SW 33rd Court, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
(954) 565-5900

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Community Relations and Events Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa Rahman.

“Habitat Broward is dedicated to hiring only the very best,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “That is exactly what we have with Lisa. As Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa will foster the community partnerships critical to the growth of affordable workforce housing.”

Rahman is a visionary and strategic non-profit leader with executive leadership, fundraising and strategic planning skills.

Prior to coming to Habitat Broward, Rahman worked her way up from Director of Administration to CEO, over the course of 10 years, at the non-profit Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward. She has also held other top-level positions such as Vice President of Branch Operations and Business Development at TD Bank in Palm Beach County (2006 to 2010) and Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communication and Retail Consumer Card at JP Morgan Chase in Ney York City (1992-2001).

She gained her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Psychology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and her Master of Business Administration at Adelphi University in Garden City New York.

Task force submits more than 60 recommendations to save Biscayne Bay

The task force was appointed by the commission in February 2019 to study the problems plaguing the bay and how to address them, not knowing that just weeks before this presentation, the dire predictions of scientists would come true — an unprecedented fish kill in the middle of Biscayne Bay where thousands of fish died from lack of oxygen, and the subsequent devastating algae bloom that stretched from the Haulover Inlet south to North Bay Village

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Newest Hurricane Season Forecast Predicts an Even More Above Average Season

On Tuesday, Colorado State University released its newest projection for the remaining hurricane season, forecasting 20 named storms by the end of the year – four more than what was originally predicted.

Of those 20 storms, nine are expected to become hurricanes, four of which could be major hurricanes – Category 3 or higher.

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Everglades National Park is Reopening in Phases

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park,  FL

News Release Date: May 1, 2020

Contact: Visitor Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media: Allyson Gantt, 786-610-8023

Homestead, Fla. – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Everglades National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning May 4, Everglades National Park will reopen access to:

  • Main Park Road from the Homestead entrance to Flamingo (note exceptions below)
  • External restrooms at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
  • Flamingo Marina and boat launch ramps
  • Flamingo Marina Store, restrooms, and gas pumps
  • Flamingo Fish Cleaning Station and restroom
  • Chekika Day Use Area (roads and surrounding areas only)

In addition, entry fees are waived, and the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Marine waters of Everglades National Park
  • Beach campsites in wilderness

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • Royal Palm area including the Anhinga Trail
  • Long Pine Key area and campground
  • West Lake area
  • Flamingo campground
  • All visitor centers and public buildings
  • Concession tours and boat rentals
  • All other park restrooms
  • Other park locations such as Shark Valley and Gulf Coast

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Florida Aquarium Makes Breakthrough

MIAMI (CNN) — The Florida Aquarium has made a breakthrough that will help save “America’s Great Barrier Reef,” the third largest coral reef in the world and is found just off the coast of the Florida Keys.

For the first time in world history, the aquarium in Tampa has successfully reproduced ridged cactus coral in human care.

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Broward Concrete Counter Tops by EcoSimplista

Eco Simplista - South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions We moved: 217 SW 33rd Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Not all concrete countertops are the same! Finding a reputable concrete craftsman is the first step!

EcoSimplista works closely with Alternative Constructors, whom manufactures concrete countertops using a new school method called GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete). Alternative Constructors create thin, lightweight countertops that have the appearance of solid, large pieces. GFRC countertops weigh anywhere from 30%-70% lighter than our traditional mix and have more tensile and compressive strength to go with it.

Our pricing will include all project costs: such as surface preparation, needed machinery,

You will need to setup an appointment to talk about your project and for us to quote you.

EcoSimplista - Alternative Constructors concrete countertops are 100% custom, made-to-order countertops.

Alternative Constructors concrete countertops are 100% custom, made-to-order countertops. There are 32 standard colors to choose from. Countertop widths are typically 3/4″ thick but can be built to fit your needs. Aggregates such as recycled glass, mirror pieces, shells or other decorative items can be added to countertops to create an even more one-of-a-kind countertop (this will drive price up). Prices start at $80.00 per square foot.

Check out Alternative Constructors for pictures of countertop products.

Please call (954) 565-5900 or contact us online to set up an appointment to receive a custom estimate. Only applies to South Florida region.

“There are no limits when it comes to artisan concrete – whether it’s a traditional design or constructed into a beautiful piece of artwork inspired by patterns and forms. Alternative Constructors applies an imaginative vision to artisan concrete projects by adding glass, shells or other decorative items to create an eye-catching masterpiece. In addition to the versatility of the green building material, it’s high-performing, low maintenance and provides durability to stand up to excessive wear and tear. – Derek Shambora”

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217 SW 33rd Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 565-5900

Green technologies for integrating stormwater management

As Broward has become built-out, urban densification and redevelopment activities have made innovative strategies to providing stormwater management increasingly necessary. These new approaches, often referred to as green techniques, help mimic natural processes and integrate stormwater management within the landscape to create multi-functional site designs.

These green technologies divert stormwater from traditional storm sewer systems to areas where it can be absorbed and treated by the soil and native vegetation. Designed to retain and treat water on site, these green technologies create water resource benefits that include enhanced aquifer recharge and stormwater recycling.?

Green technologies for integrating stormwater management on urban/suburban single-family home sites:

  • Naturescape with native vegetation to reduce water and fertilizer use
  • Cisterns/Rain Barrels
  • Rain Gardens
  • Bioretention
  • Bioswales
  • Stormwater Wetlands
  • Green Roofs
  • Permeable Pavements

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The end of Florida orange juice?

The end of Florida orange juice? A lethal disease is devastating the state’s citrus industry

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post

The citrus industry is fighting to find a cure for a disease that is caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect, that carries the bacterium huang long bing from tree to tree. There is no known cure for the disease that forms when the insect deposits the bacterium on citrus trees, causing the leaves on the tree to turn yellow, the roots to decay and bitter fruits fall off the dying branches prematurely.

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FWC – Red Tide Mid-Week Update for November 6, 2019

Red Tide Mid-Week Update for November 6, 2019

Current Conditions
A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in Southwest Florida over the past week in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties. Additional details are provided below.

  • In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in and/or offshore of Pinellas County, background to high concentrations in Sarasota County, low to high concentrations in Charlotte County, background to high concentrations in and/or offshore of Lee County, and background to high concentrations in and/or offshore of Collier County. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells per liter) persist in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties. Two samples from Sarasota County, one sample from Charlotte County, 25 samples from and offshore of Lee County, and three samples from Collier County contained high concentrations of K. brevis (>1 million cells per liter).
  • In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.
  • Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed.

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