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50% has been drained, dredged, and developed. Some call it progress and it’s measured by the number of cookie-cutter communities, mini-malls and fast-food restaurants. It’s about how much land has been turned into agricultural zones. For others, progress is about bringing water back to the river of grass. It’s about preserving and recollecting the life-sustaining force that is the Everglades. It’s really about our collective survival.

As Floridians, our existence will depend on the ability to rethink, innovate, and construct cities that coexist with all of nature and the wetlands we know and love. Get out there and experience it, go on a hike, a guided wet walk, hire a fishing guide, or simply take a drive through the park.

The swamp will change you, I promise.

“The wealth of South Florida, but even more important, the meaning and significance of south Florida lies in the black muck of the Everglades.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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