Florida Today from Cocoa, Florida on June 30, 1968 · Page 50
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Florida Today from Cocoa, Florida · Page 50

Cocoa, Florida
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Sunday, June 30, 1968
Page 50
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SOUTH 6F, DOWNTOWN'MIAMl ON RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY "wsSpJIK read . IsVlliLSV C M7Hk TODAYS AWARD I?sV8Il jKRg WINNING MAGAZINE nJKf MjjrY) "informative" one! t mMm jiLr) By MORRIS ROSENBERG When the Florida Power & Light Co. bought 1,800 acres of mangrove swampland at Turkey Point, 30 miles south of Miami, in 1964, there might have been an annoyed stockholder or two whb felt that the company had a real turkey on its hands. After - all, if he planned to build a new power plant on about 100 acres, why should COB (Chairman of the Board) McGregor Smith buy 1,700 extra acres and then, in effect, turn them over to bird watchers, picnickers, researchers and the Scouting movement? Now, some four years later, I've just returned from the site (expanded by additional purchase to more than 3,000 acres) that has become a heart - warming sight. And since it's always rather fashionable in some circles to paint big business as a profit - mad ogre without public conscience, let's have three electrified cheers for the Florida Power & Light Co. More power to 'em. Conservation and preservation of America's natural resources, .of her flora and fauna, of the beauty that gives the stifled city dweller rest and relief from an increasingly mechanized, computerized society this must be the responsibility of all Americans. It is not a job solely for the Government. Smith, outdoorsman and conservationist, first saw Turkey Point, a small protrusion of land on Biscayne Bay not far from Homestead, from the air. His company was faced with the problem of being unable to expand its plant at Cutler, about halfway between Turkey Point and. Coral Gables, for a number of reasons. No matter how far away from town you build in Florida, Smith reasoned, people eventually follow and build next "door. "Then industry gets criticized for being a nuisance."' Turkey Point (no one knows the derivation of the name but some point to the anhinga, or water turkey, which abounds there) appears on a military map prepared in 1856 at the order of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. It had not changed much when Smith surveyed from a plane the muck and mire, the tangled growth of black mangroves and the winding creeks. Later he looked over the site he had chosen for new power generating facilities, including two nuclear units, from a swamp buggy the only vehicle that could enter the area without becoming bogged down. There were "no protests from neighboring residents" at the zoning hearing, reported a Miami newspaper. The paper added, "there aren't any residents." But there were snakes, marsh hens, foxes, raccoons, otters, manatees, bobcats, crocodiles, alligators, fish, more than 100 different birds, wild orchids and many kinds of trees. And Smith, envisioning the plant surrounded by a built - in buffer, decided that the wilderness could be partially tamed and put to use without spoiling its natural beauty. First, an access road had to be built through the isolated salt water swamp to the spot where two conventional oil - burn - PAOE BO TODAY'S SUNRISE

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