Park Letter to the Editor RE GMP Public Meetings
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Fred Herling, 305-242-7704
Everglades National Park Letter to the Editor - Re: Keynoter article by Kevin Wadlow from April 1, 2009 Edition - “We’re being lied to”
The headline, ”We’re being lied to, anglers say about Everglades park proposals” (online version), is misleading as it implies multiple anglers, not just Mr. DelosSantos, expressed this view. Though Mr. DelosSantos is the Key Largo Guides Association President, it was not clear that he was speaking for the organization.
The article also states that "alternatives 2 and 3 would target specific areas as no-motor zones.". Alternative 2 does not zone the Bay with no-motor zones.
The park appreciates the Keynoter’s longstanding interest and coverage of park news. We hope that you continue to do so in a factual and accurate manner. In the case of this round of meetings, including information on their primary purpose – to gain public input for the long term management of Everglades National Park – and ways for the public to get involved would be a service to your readers.
As superintendent, I pledged at this meeting and reiterate here that my staff and I are committed to listening to and working with all stakeholders. We look forward to incorporating the vast local knowledge from your readers and Keys residents that know Florida Bay so well to help develop a plan that protects the park’s unique resources while also providing for public use and enjoyment. I’m confident that with continued strong public involvement, the Draft General Management Plan that will be released next year will reflect that collaborative spirit.
Dan B. Kimball
Did You Know?
In the 1800s John James Audubon noted that the sky was often darkened by the flocks of numerous birds above. Since the early 20th century, around 93% of the wading bird population has vanished. Much of the wildlife left in south Florida depends on Everglades National Park for a home.