The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 36
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 36

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w s , c THE PALM BEACH POST . SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 , - 13BHgt 'He spoke up Vfhen no one else would adversary says NEELY From IB f Expert intervention within the first three hours of a stroke can mean the difference between full recovery and disability... or even death. With a group of highly skilled specialists -the 24-hour-a-day "Bethesda Stroke Team" -Bethesda's own Dr. Murk Rrody uses the latest techniques in the prevention and treatment of stroke - including "t-PA," a new advanced anti-clotting drug. As a national stroke expert, Dr. Brody is one of a select few with experience using t-PA, as well as cutting edge investigational research. He has built similar highly successful programs at . other regional hospitals, and was the director of the Stroke Investigational Research Program at Scripps Memorial Hospital. And now he's available right here -only at Bethesda. Call today for your Free Stroke Alert Card (561) 731-CARE , i .' , . - 1 , ' .:':,- - mmi: wt'tm-" i am 4 ' wun ' " - f V '" - ; v " BELONG TO LaWffiaHWiiiaWMMhii his office window, the only noise is jhe caw of large crows as alligators sun themselves on pond bapks. It's not far removed from his creekside childhood in Mississippi.. j That life wasn't always idyllic or consistent. Neely's parents had divorced and his stepfather was an!pil exploration surveyor who movfed the family around regularly;.: jNeely attended 17 schools, and in 1952 briefly played guard fotf the high school football team at f- of all places sugar's home town, Clewiston. At a recent reunion, someone told Neely he remembered him as; "the meanest SOB" on the eIH Bethesda Stroke Center Our national stroke expert is here for you when seconds count. 2815 S. Securest Blvd., Boynton Beach team. Neely's been no less tenacious at the refuge. But when he arrived in March 1981, after having; lived a different lifestyle, he was llooking forward to a cushy job Running the Everglades. He had been an oil exploration surveyor in Texas, the Rockies and Alaska, and had sailed with the Navy. His wife Era, a mfl-se, had supported him when he decided to go back to college. He had joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where his uncle had worked when Neely was a child, in 1965. J In 1980, Neely had just come off, five intense years helping the agency negotiate the largest sin 7 gle land protection act in U.S. history, the setting aside of 104 million acres in Alaska. ! Now he wanted a refuge di o rectorship in the South and was familiar with Florida from his teens. J "I thought I'd just get assigned and ride around in air-bc(ats and have a great time not be a politician and a lawyer and in court and endless, endless meetings." He started asking questions his very first week at the refuge: "Why is a private pump pumping water that's visibly bad (polluted) 99 Was $18 a month ValueSM Plan 00 SSI L. J - $3 into the refuge? Why are there so many cattails on the west side?" Cattails would become an icon in the fight over the Everglades; they stood tall as a vivid . symptom of pollution blamed on runoff from nearby sugar farms. In 1988, pushed by Neely and his Everglades National Park counterpart, Michael Finley, then-U.S. Attorney Dexter Le-htinen sued the state of Florida monthly credit Ericsson DH-318vi Digital Phone Now $ j (tijj Iiza a month for allowing the pollution by failing to enforce its own laws. "We had witnesses, testimony, exhibits," Neely said. "There's no question we would have won." Instead, Gov. Lawton Chiles went to U.S. District Court in Mi-amj in 1991 to admit the state's bl&me. The suit was settled and thp cleanup, expensive and slow-moving, is under way. 'Big Sugar has made a lot of progress but could have done it earlier, Neely said. !:"High ranking people in the sugar industry won't admit the problem," he said. They won't address it I'm dismayed some-tiihes by the distortion of facts." !;U.S. Sugar Corp. Senior Vice President Robert Buker, more Plus, 15 bonus minutes every month. Waived Activation. s - if m m 0 m P -W JU? C- To Order By Phone, Call 930-1106 Toil-Free. Free Office Or Home Delivery Available. Visit Our Website At www.bellsouthrnobility.com $109 Wal-Mart Locations Retail Stores Nokia 2160 Digital Phone BOCA RATON 9834 Glades Road (561) 451-0400 DELRAY BEACH 1000 Linton Blvd. (561) 272-3811 often than not an adversary, said he believes Neely never set out to destroy the sugar industry but that he desperately wanted to saye the refuge and the rest of the Everglades. ;rHe spoke up for it when nobody else would," Buker said frim Clewiston. "While we may haVe disagreed on methods, nobody could fault his motivation." j .'Allan Flock, deputy refuge manager for 11 years, will be acting manager until a replacement is,' named, probably in a few months, Neely said. 1 1 Neely almost retired six years ago; Babbitt talked him out of it, saying the federal government ws on the right track in cleaning up, ihe Everglades. ;"He said, 'My resignation's in th mail. I'll go pull it out," " Bab-bitf recalled. ,' Neely said his reconsidera BOCA RATON (561) 852-4814 DELRAY (561) 496 6345 FOREST HILL (561) 966 2192 JUPITER (561) 745-4659 LAKE WORTH (561) 968-4255 ROYAL PALM (561) 791-1924 GREENACRES 6722 Forest Hill Blvd. (561) 964 7207 ROYAL PALM BEACH 10123 Southern Blvd. (561) 753 8586 WEST BOYNTON 149 N. Congress Avenue (561) 732-1114 Bring This Coupon To Any BellSouth Mobil ty Store On Friday, Saturday Or Sunday To Receive i I m r 5 m m I EAST BOYNTON BEACH 1602 S Federal Hwy. 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