by Michael Grunwald, 2006, Simon and Shuster Paperbacks, New York
Prior to reading this book, I really didn’t understand the reasons why the Everglades are such a critical component of the South Florida ecosystem. The bottom line is that, without the Everglades, it is doubtful that this area would be able to support the levels of human population that currently live here.
My wife and I took our kids into the park back in 1981, but we had absolutely no idea that the Everglades were so threatened at that time. The author provides a great deal of history of the development of South Florida. He then goes on to provide a more recent history and how the politics and interests of the developers have impacted the Everglades and the environment.
There are some projects currently underway to, hopefully, help restore the Everglades. Long stretches of bridges are being built to raise portions of the Tamiami Trail between Naples and Miami in order to restore the flow of the Everglades to the ocean. There are also battles going on the control the release of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Chattahoochee River. This book provides perspective as to the importance of these events. However, because the book ends in 2006 and it is now 2014, there is quite a gap between what was going on then and now. I will need to find some more recent material to bring me up to date on what has transpired since the book was written.