From the President


                                       December 2018 - Coastal Cocktails


The sounds of the music of Trinidad and the Caribbean Islands flowed through Deerfield Island Park on Saturday, December 1.   It was the first Deerfield Beach community social and fundraising event run by Friends of Deerfield Island Park (FoDIP) to be held on Deerfield Island (once known as Capone Island). Long-time residents were truly surprised and happy to observe the progress and improvements made to the Park .

Party goers enjoyed, lite- bites, wine, beer, music and were escorted on 2 new recently established trails by FoDIP volunteer guides. They visited the new Nature Center which will be opened in the near future. Raffles, a silent auction, and art work was available for purchase.  All proceeds went to FoDIP, and will eventually be invested back into the park

Katharine Hendrickson, the Park Manager and Naturalist, has been working with the Friends of Deerfield Island Park, to turn this Urban Wilderness into a true Nature and Research  Center.  Currently, there is a college research program, studying the gopher tortoise and its importance to the island’s other inhabitants.  As a keystone species, its burrows are home to over 430 other species and are important to their survival.

The Friends of Deerfield Island Park, (FoDIP) formally presented their first major project, a 3-dimensional Wingspan Exhibit, to Katharine and the Broward County Parks Dept. This exhibit asks: “How do you measure up?”.  Children can spread their arms and compare themselves to the wingspan of six local birds. This was made possible through a grant from the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and the “Friends”group.

Among the attendees,  were Mayor Bill Ganz,  commissioner Tod Drosky, DB Chamber exec. Director Denise Jordan, Lisa Davis from JM Family Enterprises and Jan Muzenmier from DB Kiwanis , who made a presentation of funds to help “Tony The Tortoise’s” arrival at Deerfield Island Park.  ( “Tony” is a 1400 lb. statue that will be a  mascot and symbol of this tortoise sanctuary).  

Another Fodip project scheduled for the new year is a fossil finding adventure for children: “Little Dig at DIP”.  An Ambassador program has been established and a kiosk built, to greet visitors and provide activities that make a visit to Deerfield Island Park (DIP) an interesting and challenging educational experience

The reconstruction of the marina and restoration of the Mangrove walkway (closed 15 years since hurricane Wilma), will begin after the new year.   Funding for these major projects will be through F.I.N.D. and BROWARD Parks and Recreation.

We wish to thank all the attendees and our many donors for making this event a success.  The park staff, Deerfield Beach High School Kiwanis Key Club volunteers, and our member-volunteers helped pull this together. 

Once again , THANK YOU ALL.  



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