Winners of the 2017
Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award and the
Broward County NatureScape Emerald Award
To be recognized 
June 7, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.

City of Pembroke Pines Charles F. Dodge City Center Commission Chambers
601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines


Pembroke Pines, FL... May 31, 2017...The winners of the City of Pembroke Pines 2017 Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award and the 2017 Broward County NatureScape Emerald Award will be recognized at the June 7, 2017 City Commission Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Charles F. Dodge City Center, located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines.  
 
Now in its sixth year, the Great Yards Award contest was created in memory of Natalie Belmonte, a well-known resident and business woman who was known for her love of nature, particularly butterflies, and who tragically lost her life in July of 2011. Members of the Pembroke Pines Environmental Advisory Board judged the yards on five components: Butterfly (the preservation of all stages of a butterfly's life), Design and Function, Maintenance, Florida Friendly Value and Use of Hardscapes. Applicants provided a brief description of their property, its landscaping, how it met the goals of the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Contest and attached photographs. The winners representing each City Commission District and an at-large winner for 2017 are Linda Schainberg from District 1; Cathy and John Whitt from District 2; Erno Rosa and Mary Zappia from District 3; The Secret Garden at Century Village from District 4; and Joseph Zappia - At Large.
 
During a Water Matters Day ceremony, the Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division presented the 2017 NatureScape Emerald Award to Pembroke Pines resident Eddie Linares. Linares was one of only four homeowners chosen in Broward County to receive the NatureScape Emerald Award, recognizing his efforts to create and maintain model Florida-friendly landscapes, designed to conserve natural resources and provide valuable habitat for native and migratory wildlife. Linares has been a two-time recipient of the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award in 2015 and 2016.
 
Pembroke Pines residents interested in entering the 2018 City of Pembroke Pines Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award contest, please contact the Planning and Economic Development Department at 954-392-2100 or email landscape@ppines.com
 
The Pembroke Pines Environmental Advisory Board welcomes residents to attend its’ meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the
first Tuesday of each month at the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus, 301 NW 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines. Please visit www.ppines.com  for the monthly meeting agenda.

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Winners of the 2017 Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award and the Broward County NatureScape Emerald Award to be recognized
Pictured above: The 2017 Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award winning yards by City of Pembroke Pines Commission District and an at-large yard.  The winning Broward County 2017 NatureScape Emerald Award yard. Clockwise from left to right:  Joseph Zappia - At Large, Linda Schainberg - District 1; Cathy and John Whitt - District 2; Erno Rosa and Mary Zappia - District 3; The Secret Garden at Century Village - District 4; and the 2017 NatureScape Emerald Award - Eddie Linares. (Jpegs available)
 

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