Posts Tagged ‘community’

Widerman Malek, PL held another paper airplane contest this year at the firm, the goal of which was to see whose paper creation could soar the farthest. View the video and photos below!

March-Of-Dimes

The Attorneys and Staff of Widerman Malek, PL are committed to their community and proudly support several worthwhile organizations.We encourage you to join our efforts by supporting some of these organizations.

Right Whale Melbourne Florida

Just a few days ago, a momma right whale and her young calf were seen off the shores of Melbourne Beach.  During the few days they will be passing through this area, many people will flock to Melbourne beach and surrounding areas in the hopes of not only catching sight of this beautiful whale, but perhaps even getting a picture.  This is a fun trip to take, but if you are one of the individuals on your way out to the beach with camera in hand, make sure to take note of the following:

Right Whale Melbourne FloridaAccording to Federal law, individuals must stay at least 500 yards away from the whales. It doesn’t matter if you are in a boat, on a paddle-board, or even in a plane, the gap must be 500 yards.  A violation of this federal law could cost you up to $500,000 and a year in jail. The Florida Fish and Wildlife commission has stated they would prefer to educate people instead of imposing citations, but will bring criminal charges if needed.

The right whale population is only thought to number about 500 individuals.  They are currently a protected, endangered species.  Although they have historically lived to an average of 60 years, their lifespan has been drastically shortened due to being struck by boats, getting caught in fishing nets, and being targeted by hunters for their blubber.

In the winter, pregnant right whales swim from as far away as Canada to get to the warmer coastal waters off the Georgia and Florida coast.  Here they give birth and nurse their young.  In the early spring, they head back to their feeding areas which start in Maine and move northwards into Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  As they migrate back north, they may be seen in one location for a few days because they are very slow swimmers.    

 

In December, 2013, permanent speed zones have been enacted in order to help protect these endangered whales.  All vessels over 65 feet are required to slow down in areas where the right whales migrate.  Since the speed zones were temporarily enacted five years ago, there have been zero reported deaths of right whales due to ship strikes. 

The Marine Resources Council runs the Northern Atlantic Right Whale Program. They currently have about 800 volunteers that look out for migrating right whales in order to help track and protect the momma and baby. It is thought that approximately 100 pregnant right whales make the trip south each year.  Each one is given a number and sometimes even given a name by the volunteers. 

If you’re interested in seeing one of these rare right whales, keep your binoculars handy and hang out at the beach. Due to the limited number of these whales and their unpredictable movements, there are no whales watching excursions.  If you’re at the beach, look for dolphins, which often travel with the whales, and flocks of sea birds in the sky.  They’re most often spotted in February and March and sometimes are tracked on line.  

McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical GardenA mere thirty miles south of Melbourne, just off route 1, you will find yourself in Vero Beach. It is here that you will discover the McKee Botanical Garden, one of the oldest tourist attractions in Florida!

Originally established in 1929 as the McKee Jungle Gardens, it was developed with the help of William Lyman Phillips, often viewed as the creator of tropical landscaping. It was at this time that waterways and trails were established and both native and worldwide flora and fauna were planted. By the time the 1940’s rolled around, upwards of 100,000 tourists visited the Gardens each year. Unfortunately, with the opening of some of the bigger theme parks in the area in the 1970’s the Gardens had to close down. Of the original 80 acres occupied by the Gardens, all but 18 were sold off and developed. These final 18 acres sat around undeveloped and untouched for over 20 years. Things turned around in 1995 when the Indian River Land Trust purchased the land after leading a successful fund-raising campaign. The Garden’s formal re-opening dedication was held in 2001.

 

Today the McKee Botanical Garden operates as a non-profit private cultural organization. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday’s from 12pm to 5pm. Admission costs vary by date and are currently $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3 through 12 (under 3 are free). School and private tours are also offered. The Garden is filled with exceptional beauty that can only be truly appreciated in person. As a member of Florida’s list of historical places, there are many renovated areas of the garden that are remnants of the original McKee Jungle Gardens.

In addition to tours, classes, and events held for visitors, the Botanical Gardens are also available to rent as a wedding reception location. Not only are the Gardens a beautiful place to celebrate a new marriage, there is also a caterer the Gardens work with exclusively. With reception rooms names like the Hall of Giants and Bamboo Pavilion, the Gardens are sure to make a memorable wedding locale.

Filled with numerous ponds, colorful flowers, and palm groves, the McKee Botanical Gardens is a place built for quiet reflection, learning about the beauty of nature, and celebration. Be sure to check out the Garden’s website for additional details for wedding and party rentals, volunteering for and supporting the garden, and just more general information. 

Crab Racing

Crab RacingNashville may have the Kentucky Derby, but here in Melbourne, FL we have the Crabtucky Derby.  The Crabtucky Derby is crab racing! The National Crab Racing Association organizes hermit crab races every Tuesday night at Crickets Spirits Sports and Food located at 1942 N. Wickham Road.  

Bar patrons can participate for free in the crab racing.  The first race begins at 6:30 p.m., with about 12 to 14 heat races total.  All participants have to do is select their crustacean from the aquarium and give their new buddy a name.  Each crab shell is marked in advance to avoid any confusion amongst competitors.  We don’t want to hear any “Hey that’s my crab, not yours!”  

Once the crabs are selected and receive their racing names it is off to the starting line for them.  In the Crabtucky Derby, the starting line is the center of a 6 foot racing ring.  Crabs are given a chance to warm up under their upside down salad bowl confinement.  Then it is race time!  The crabs scamper off in every direction.  Participants want their crab to cross the yellow marked ring first in order to win the heat.  The crab that wins is advanced into the championship round.  

The winner of the final championship race receives a sealed envelope, with an unknown cash prize inside.  Prize money ranges from $10 to $100 depending on what envelope is chosen.  Winners choose wisely!

Crab racing is a fun activity for all people over the age of 21 years old to enjoy. For more information about the Crabtucky Derby visit www.crabrace.com.  We will leave the horses for Nashville, but crabs belong to Melbourne.