Tag Archives: National Parks

Back to the Glades

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The headwaters to the Florida Everglades start all the way up in Orlando, where Shingle Creek starts the flow of freshwater south to Florida Bay. Before the developers and the sugar plantations got to it, the massive flow moved unimpeded through a complex 8.9 million acre web of lakes, rivers, and marshes down into the mangrove estuaries of the southern coast.

The Everglades hasn’t been what it is supposed to be in over a century, since the election of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward as the state’s 19th governor, and along with that his mission to drain the Glades, starting with the New River Canal in 1906.

The National Park today consists of 1.5 million acres of protected wetlands.  It’s deathly hot, bug infested, wild, dangerous, and free of the doughy tentacles of suburbia. To me, that’s beautiful.

Changes in the Glades

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The Everglades is one of the greatest places in the northern hemisphere and the powers that be have some changes afoot that could make it less so for fishermen. Our fellow Florida expat Michael Gracie is on the story, so read what he has to say in, “If Everglades Management Isn’t Broken Then Don’t Fix It.”