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2014 Water Festival

Benzie Community Water Council Hosts the 2014 Water Festival:

KEEPING OUR WATERS BLUE

Friday, April 25th

Noon to 5:00pm @ Platte River Elementary School KID TIME with the return of live amphibians, Marlene Wood’s Recycling Corner, and Kid’s Science Fair.

Saturday, April 26th

6:00pm-9:00pm @ GARDEN THEATER with keynote speaker, panel discussions, and music.

The mission of the Benzie Community Water Council is to ensure that the waters of the county and the northwest corner of the state remain subject to the public trust doctrine, and are thus preserved and protected for the common good of the peoples and ecosystems they serve. It is our intent to work with any citizen groups and government entities committed to the common purpose of maintaining safe, clean and plentiful water for the equitable use of people, animals and plants.

Visit the website:
www.water-festival.org.

Green Fire Film Project – April 19th

The GREEN FIRE Film Project

…with NM Michigan Invasive Species Network…

“Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”
Saturday, April 19th 4:00-6:00pm
@ Frankfort’s GARDEN THEATER
$5 Suggested DONATION

The Friends of Betsie Bay are pleased to host a  joint community effort with our partners, the NW Michigan Invasive Species Network/ISN, for an afternoon showing of an excellent documentary film project focusing on the challenges and necessity of conservation efforts and the joint efforts of ISN and the Friends of Betsie Bay with a brief intermission panel discussion of area experts. ISN is a part of the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition and their mission is “Protecting, enhancing, and promoting Northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach.”
Check out their website: habitatmatters.org.

Aldo Leopold is considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system. He was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Leopold’s collection of essays, A Sand County Almanac, is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published. The documentary, Green Fire, was produced in partnerships with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service. Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold’s
idea, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation. The film draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community. See: greenfiremovie.com.

UPCOMING EVENT: APRIL 20, 2013

Earth Day – (well just about)
13th ANNUAL BEACH-TO-BEACH CLEAN UP

10:00 am – 10:30am or ?? when it’s clean
Start: Elberta Farmers’ Market Pavilion
End: When Trail & Beaches are cleaned!
Bring: Friends, Neighbors, Gloves, and Enthusiasm
We’ll Provide: Coffee and Goodies

Friends of Betsie Bay have been dedicated stewards of the Bay area for 13 years. We facilitate clean up efforts both in the spring and fall, partnering with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

FoBB cares deeply about area land use issues, invasive species, and celebrating the natural beauty of this area. We support all community-based efforts to plan, preserve and protect the Betsie Bay area.

Rain, Sleet, or Snow… WON’T STOP US!!

UPCOMING EVENTS: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012

Earth Day 13th ANNUAL BEACH-TO-BEACH CLEAN UP

9:00am-10:30am
Start: Elberta Farmers’ Market Pavilion
End: When Trail & Beaches are cleaned!
Bring: Friends and Neighbors
Gloves and Enthusiasm

We’ll Provide: Coffee & Breakfast Bites

Friends of Betsie Bay have been dedicated stewards of the Bay area for 13 years. We facilitate clean up efforts both in the spring and fall, partnering with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

FoBB cares deeply about area land use issues, invasive species, and celebrating the natural beauty of this area. We support all community-based efforts to plan, preserve and protect the Betsie Bay area.

Benzie Circuit Court Denies FoBB’s Motion to Reconsider

PROPOSED FRANKFORT DEVELOPMENT LEGAL UPDATE

In an effort to clear up some of the confusing legal issues left with Judge Batzer’s ruling of November 20th, on the Tobin project, the Friends of Betsie Bay attorney, Jim Olson, filed a Motion to Reconsider in December with Judge Batzer. Not too surprisingly, Judge Batzer, on Monday, February 8th, denied FoBB’s motion.

As you may recall from our late November update, Judge Batzer’s ruling of November 20th, was favorable for the City of Frankfort and Mr. Marshall Tobin to enter a long contested ‘Consent Judgment’ that was based partially on a claim of Mr. Tobin’s that the Frankfort Zoning was unconstitutional. Judge Batzer also ruled the Friends of Betsie Bay, would no longer be considered as long term Interveners in support of the City’s efforts to uphold it’s Master Plan and Zoning Ordinances. This decision also prevents any citizen efforts for a public referendum which would allow the voters to decide this issue.

The Friends of Betsie Bay can now bring this matter to the Court of Appeals. We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available.