64 years ago today, December 6, 1947, President Harry Truman dedicated Everglades National Park.
I'd hate to think what South Florida would be like without our Everglades. Imagine solid strip malls, condos and cookie-cutter houses from Miami clear to the west coast...skipping over the Rez, of course. Homestead and Florida City (which are quickly losing their historically agricultural status as is) would probably look just like west Kendall... Gawd Awful!!!
If you drive to the main entrance of ENP today, you may be amazed to see that farming literally is knocking on the borders of the park. Farming down here is on it's way out and I'd say within 20 years, there will be McMansions a block away from ENP. It makes me sick.
Anyway, here's to President Truman, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, and countless others who helped to save and protect our precious 'Glades! Let's just pray that she stays protected...