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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Deerfield Beach, FL for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Deerfield Beach, FL can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Deerfield Beach, FL, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Dog recovering after being stabbed, dumped off I-595 exit ramp in Fort Lauderdale

No compatible source was found for this media.DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A dog is recovering at an animal hospital in Deerfield Beach after it was found badly injured after being stabbed and then thrown on the side of the road on Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday night.Animal rescue crews told Local 10 News they believe the dog was stabbed and slashed before eventually being dumped out and later found off the side of the road on the 595-exit ramp onto Federal Highway.A veterinarian at Deer Run...

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A dog is recovering at an animal hospital in Deerfield Beach after it was found badly injured after being stabbed and then thrown on the side of the road on Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday night.

Animal rescue crews told Local 10 News they believe the dog was stabbed and slashed before eventually being dumped out and later found off the side of the road on the 595-exit ramp onto Federal Highway.

A veterinarian at Deer Run Animal Hospital in Deerfield Beach said the dog, who was identified as a 1 to 2-year-old male Pitbull mix named Zeus, arrived at the hospital bleeding profusely from a deep cut to his chest cavity from an apparent stab wound.

Kay Khaleel, a good Samaritan, told Local 10 News that she found Zeus on the side of the road and took him to the hospital where doctors at Deer Run Animal Hospital performed extensive surgery.

Khaleel said she was certain that after finding the dog, he wasn’t hit by a car and was abused by another person.

“It looked like someone threw him out and just sliced him. First, I thought he got hit by a car, but I think he got sliced by somebody,” she said.

Dr. Lance Weidenbaum told Local 10 News that he was happy with the outcome of the surgery and believes Zeus is on his way to recovery.

“I’m happy with the surgery, how he’s gonna respond to the surgery. I would say his prognosis is fair to good,” he said.

Weidenbaum believes the dog may have received the injury from a knife because it was a very clean cut, although he wasn’t able to confirm that the incident came from an act of animal abuse.

IHeart Animal Rescue will foster Zeus as soon as he is released from the hospital and is raising money to help pay for his recovery/ surgery expenses. If you would like to donate, click here.

You can also click here for more information on IHeart Animal Rescue and their organization that will help foster Zeus and other animals in need of homes.

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Smoke fills air in Deerfield Beach due to prescribed burn

No compatible source was found for this media.DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Authorities set fire to a wooded area in Deerfield Beach in order to protect the environment.Officials with Broward County Parks and Recreation and the Florida Forest Service burned 4.3 acres in an effort to increase biodiversity and improve wildlife habitat.“This area is pyrogenic, meaning it likes to burn, so we do these types of burns when the weather is the right conditions so we can control it and get what we we need o...

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Authorities set fire to a wooded area in Deerfield Beach in order to protect the environment.

Officials with Broward County Parks and Recreation and the Florida Forest Service burned 4.3 acres in an effort to increase biodiversity and improve wildlife habitat.

“This area is pyrogenic, meaning it likes to burn, so we do these types of burns when the weather is the right conditions so we can control it and get what we we need out of the fire,” Linda Briggs Thompson, the environmental program manager with Broward County Parks and Recreation, said.

The neighborhoods surrounding the Military Trail Natural Area were all notified so they knew the fire was happening. First responders were also made aware in case someone called 911.

Controlled burns can make areas less likely to experience wildfires and keep the surrounding areas safer.

“When a wildfire occurs, we’re not here on site,” Briggs Thompson said. “We’re not ready to maintain and contain it.”

Many of us aren’t wired to think of fire as a good or healthy thing, but Briggs Thompson explained why it is in this case.

“A lot of these areas of scrubby flatwoods, they are adapted to fire. They have had fire for thousands of years without us being here,” she said. “Also, there are many plants and animals that surprisingly need fire. They might need fire to regenerate their seeds or bring in new food.”

Local 10 Weather Authority meteorologist Brandon Orr weighed in on the necessity of controlled or prescribed burns and their impact in South Florida.

“Especially this week we have seen that daily chance of showers and thunderstorms each and every afternoon, so we’re getting into our lightning season and these cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that happen, even away from the rainfall and thunderstorms, can start up a wildfire like that,” he said. “Before you know it it’s out of control, but we have noticed (in) these areas where we’ve seen prescribed burns, wildfires are not growing as intense.”

Prescribed burns happen at sites like the Military Trail Natural Area every two years or so. It’s one of about a dozen places in Broward County where they happen.

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ParkMobile Expands Presence in Florida with Deerfield Beach Partnership

ParkMobile to offer mobile parking payment solution to over 500 parking spots within the beachfront city.ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of EasyPark Group, is partnering with the City of Deerfield Beach to bring its digital parking payment system to 534 on-street and off-street parking spots around the city. Users can n...

ParkMobile to offer mobile parking payment solution to over 500 parking spots within the beachfront city.

ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America and part of EasyPark Group, is partnering with the City of Deerfield Beach to bring its digital parking payment system to 534 on-street and off-street parking spots around the city. Users can now pay for parking and extend their time via the ParkMobile app.

ParkMobile is making cities more livable by creating a seamless parking experience for our users. We’re thrilled to partner with Deerfiled Beach to bring our easy-to-use app to its residents and visitors,” said David Hoyt, managing director of ParkMobile.

Florida is one of ParkMobile’s most popular markets, with over 7 million users. The app is available in key cities across the state, including Jacksonville, Orlando, Boca Raton, Tampa/Tampa Bay, and across South Florida, including one of the company’s most popular markets, Miami Beach.

ParkMobile is available on iPhone and Android devices and can be accessed on a mobile web browser. To pay for parking via the ParkMobile app or website, users will enter the zone number or scan the QR code found on the signs located within the parking lot, choose the duration they wish to park, and touch the “start parking” button. Users can easily extend their parking sessions after they have paid for parking via the ParkMobile app.

About ParkMobile

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, using a contactless approach to help millions of people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile devices. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2022 Stevie Awards for Best Mobile On-Demand Application, the 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation, and the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit ParkMobile.io or @ParkMobile on Twitter.

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10 Best Things To Do In Deerfield Beach, Florida

Pristine golden sand, sparkling azure water, and a lengthy boardwalk help make Deerfield Beach one of the best places to visit for a winter vacation on Florida’s Gold Coast. Packed with fun things to do, like surf, waterski, and kayak, this quaint small town is a crowd pleaser, especially for families traveling with youn...

Pristine golden sand, sparkling azure water, and a lengthy boardwalk help make Deerfield Beach one of the best places to visit for a winter vacation on Florida’s Gold Coast. Packed with fun things to do, like surf, waterski, and kayak, this quaint small town is a crowd pleaser, especially for families traveling with young children.

More laid-back than its southern neighbor, Miami, this safe Florida beach destination is a perfect place to enjoy a little sightseeing, shopping, and fine dining. The James and Alice Butler House provides an interesting slice of the area’s history while the vast Quiet Waters Park brings adventures like fishing, boating, and camping to the forefront.

While visitors won’t likely see the city’s namesake deer, there are plenty of captivating creatures and stunning wildlife to enjoy in the area’s parks and nature centers, like serene Deerfield Island Park and the Arboretum at Constitution Park.

Another bonus, the town is located a mere 20 minutes from the exciting experiences found in Fort Lauderdale.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Deerfield Beach.

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Take A Tour Of The James And Alice Butler House Museum

Free weekly tours are offered at the historic James and Alice Butler House.

Taking a guided tour is the best thing to do at the James And Alice Butler House. The expert guides take visitors through what was once the home of James D. and Alice Bulter, former pioneers and civic leaders who left the house to the Deerfield Beach Historical Society in their will.

The home itself dates to the early 1920s and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Behind its Mediterranean Revival style exterior, visitors will find original furniture and other important artifacts.

People-Watch On The Deerfield Beach Boardwalk

There’s no question that Deerfield Beach is a beautiful Florida town. Flanked by one of the prettiest beaches in the region, tourists flock here to dig their feet into the soft sand and splash in waves that roll into shore. Since the beach is the town’s main attraction, it’s not surprising that it’s flanked by a boardwalk.

Like the boardwalks found backing other area beaches (like the pretty beaches of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, for instance), this is the place to be for people-watching. Visitors dressed in everything from thongs to turtlenecks grace this paved pathway. Whether they’re walking, running, rollerblading, skateboarding, or pushing a dog in a stroller, there’s no lack of activity on this well-shaded stretch.

Related: Off The Beaten Path: Discover Florida’s 10 Most Beautiful Towns This Spring Break

8 Check Out The View From The Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier

While the silky soft sand is one of the main attractions at Deerfield Beach, it’s the International Fishing Pier that really can’t be missed. A highly photographed landmark, this attractive 976-foot-long pier is a must-visit for budding anglers. There are so many creatures swimming nearby that they often make a catch within minutes.

No gear? No problem—the pier’s shop (a.k.a. the Pier Bait Shop) rents everything anglers will need, and it sells bait.

This is also a fantastic place to enjoy a stellar view. For a small fee, visitors can walk the pier and spend as much time as they like soaking in the ambiance and beautiful vistas. Don’t forget to look down—the water here is crystal clear, and there are some pretty amazing creatures who call this area home.

Related: Escape To The Sunshine State: 10 Must-Visit Spots For Spring In Florida

7 Grab A Bite At JB’s On The Beach

Sunset is the best time to enjoy a meal at the famous JB’s On The Beach. Set mere steps from the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier; this is one of the best places to visit for a tasty meal with a view. The seafood is fresh and amazing, and the drinks are refreshing and sweet.

JB’s opened in October of 2002 and has been a hot spot for beachfront dining and entertainment since. Live music is on offer nightly and at lunchtime on weekends.

6 Try Waterskiing At Ski Rixen USA

It is impossible to feel bored when visiting Ski Rixen USA. A popular destination for water sports, this is a must-visit hub for thrill seekers and their families. Located within Quiet Waters Park, this activity center boasts the country’s first cable park, set in Wakepark. Here, visitors are pulled across uber calm water by a cable, making it easy to learn to waterski, kneeboard, or wakeboard.

Other fun activities include an inflatable obstacle course and playground n the Wibit Aquapark. This family-friendly spot is perfect for guests of all ages.

5 Take A Walk Through The Arboretum At Constitution Park

Ever seen a Zombie Palm? They’re on display, along with over 200 species of lush trees from five continents, at the beautiful Arboretum at Constitution Park. Spanning nine acres, this tranquil spot features a half-mile walking trail, a butterfly garden, and two waterfalls. If only it played host to one of Florida’s spectacular flower festivals.

A fun place to visit with the family, there’s also a playground, outdoor fitness equipment, tennis courts, and a basketball court on the property.

Related: Off The Beaten Path: Discover Florida’s 10 Most Beautiful Towns This Spring Break

4 Take The Shuttle To Deerfield Island Park

Looking to get lost in nature? That’s easy to do at the resplendent Deerfield Island Park. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, this 53-acre wonderland features winding trails that snake their way through the lush, tropical foliage.

A wide, wooden boardwalk makes walking through the deep forest a breeze, and the picnic area is a welcome spot for those who’d like to enjoy a meal al fresco. Pack food and water, though, as there aren’t any stores or concession stands on the island.

3 Go Fishing

Fishing is one of the best things to do in Deerfield Beach. While this Floridian town may be too small to be considered a top fishing destination in the world, it’s certainly a good place to drop a line and reel in lunch.

Anglers can choose to cast a line off the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier (remember, there are rental rods available in the pier shop, as well as bait). Or they can head out to sea and try their luck at catching something bigger with a fishing charter.

Goddess Charters offer private 5-, 7-, and 9-hour fishing charters that include all rods, reels, and other fishing equipment. Guests can choose from deep sea fishing, sport fishing, reef and bottom fishing, or swordfishing, depending on their preferences.

2 Spend The Day At Quiet Waters Park

Boredom is not an option at the 430-acre Quiet Waters Park. From basketball to mountain biking to cable water-skiing (at Ski Rixen USA) to boating to playing disc golf to fishing, the activities here are virtually endless and insanely entertaining.

In fact, there are so many fun and exciting things to do at Quiet Waters Park that most tourists don’t want to leave. Luckily, there’s a campground on site for those who just can’t bear to tear themselves away.

Bringing along a four-legged family member? Fantastic! They will love the Woofing Waters Dog Park & Marina. It boasts two acres of non-stop fun for dogs of all sizes.

1 Lounge On The Sand At Deerfield Beach

The beach at Deerfield Beach is so amazing the town was named after it. One of the area’s top natural attractions, this stellar beach boasts sand so soft it massages weary feet within seconds. Winner of the Clean Beaches Coalition’s Blue Wave beach award, the pristine golden sand and uber-clean water make this one of the best beaches to visit on the southeast coast.

While soaking up rays is one of the top-rated things to do on Deerfield Beach, other popular activities include playing volleyball, paddleboarding, building a sandcastle, and swimming in the ocean. Fishing off the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier is another must-do activity.

Deerfield Beach abuzz with efforts to save bees

No compatible source was found for this media.DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – This Saturday is World Bee Day, but our global bee population is facing daunting challenges. Here in South Florida, though, residents are stepping up to protect bees, and urban hives are on the rise.These days the city of Deerfield Beach is all abuzz.It is one of 12 South Florida cities and towns with micro-apiaries on public land as a response to the dramatic decline in the nation’s bee population.“There are n...

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – This Saturday is World Bee Day, but our global bee population is facing daunting challenges. Here in South Florida, though, residents are stepping up to protect bees, and urban hives are on the rise.

These days the city of Deerfield Beach is all abuzz.

It is one of 12 South Florida cities and towns with micro-apiaries on public land as a response to the dramatic decline in the nation’s bee population.

“There are needs everywhere,” said Hillary Silverstone, Sustainability Coordinator for Deerfield Beach. “The issue in South Florida is that there’s no space, and so we had a space, we had an opportunity.”

That’s why the DFBee Apiary was created as a refuge for rescued bees on the central city campus of Deerfield Beach.

“We just thought it was the perfect sanctuary for our bees to come and thrive,” said Silverstone.

The man who made it happen is urban beekeeper John Coldwell.

“All we’re doing is we’re going into Deerfield Beach and pulling bees out of places where they don’t belong,” he said.

Coldwell brings feral colonies he rescues to the DFBee Apiary where he cares from them after saving them from extermination. He loves bees so much that for the past 12 years he and his wife Teresa have made this their passion project.

“It’s like this Zen ethereal moment when you open that box up,” he said. “I watch what they’re doing on the comb, I can tell if they’re strong, I can tell if they’re healthy, I can tell how old they are, and you can just watch every one of them doing their job. It’s just amazing.”

Bees are one of the planet’s most prolific pollinators. About one-third of the food we eat comes from flowers and plants that bees pollinate, representing billions of dollars in agriculture each year.

When their numbers around the world began to rapidly decline in 1990, alarm bells went off.

Dr. William Kern is a honey bee expert at the University of Florida. He said since 2008, the state has seen an 800% increase in the number of registered beekeepers, with many of them small scale backyard beekeepers.

“Many of our native bees are suffering because of habitat loss, it is the main problem, but honeybees are actually doing okay in Florida,” said Kern. “We’ve also increased the number of hives in Florida by 400% in that same period, so I think we’re now over half a million hives, I think 600,000 hives in the state of Florida.”

That’s good news for our honeybees, which are facing increasing threats due to climate change, habitat loss, pesticides and the invasive Varroa mite from China, which is infecting and killing whole hives with a deadly virus.

It is the backyard beekeeper who is saving our bees.

“You’d be amazed how many backyard beekeepers there are, like 6000 in the state of Florida,” said Caldwelll. “Probably 25 to 30% of them are from Lake (Okeechobee) down.”

That is the goal of these urban apiaries like the DFBee, to inspire and educate future beekeepers who will make sure our Florida hives continue to thrive.

There is even a livestream camera inside the apiary to show residents what the buzz is all about. It’s Bee TV.

The public is also encouraged to visit in person, no matter what age.

“At first kids are very nervous to come out, but we give them veils to put on and then once they get out here, they love it,” said Silverstone. “They think it’s so cool, and it is so cool.”

One well-managed hive can produce 40 lbs. of honey a year.

There are about 15 thriving colonies at the DFBee Apiary, home to some 350,000 honeybees that are pollinating trees, plants and flowers within a three mile radius.

“These bees from South Florida will end up and all of Florida will end up throughout the entire country, pollinating the food that ends up back in your grocery store,” said Caldwell, who said now, more than ever, it’s time more Floridians step up to help our bees.

“If you want to be a beekeeper, come here, and we’ll teach you to be a good beekeeper,” he said. “And we’ll help you make strong healthy bees.”

Even if beekeeping is not for you, there are things we can all do every day to help our bees, such as planting native plants, flowers and trees that bees like in our yards and gardens.

South Floridians can also cut back on pesticides or use organic ones that are bee friendly.

Most importantly, don’t kill bees. If you have a bee infestation, contact a licensed beekeeper that can try to save the hive and not exterminate it.

For more information on bee keeping, the University of Florida offers a crash course with their bee college. To visit their website, click here.

RELATED LINKS

Deerfield Beach DFBee Apiary

Florida Department of Agriculture: Honey Bee Protection in Florida

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