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The water of Biscayne Bay was smooth and reflected the early light of dawn. The boat skimmed over a lavender mirror of reflected light from the sky. Occasionally a flock of Ibis floated overhead on their way to feeding grounds, while beneath us the dolphins arched out of the water, playing with the bow wake of the boat. As we traveled toward the waters of Biscayne National Park, the sky began to fill with pink, puffy clouds. It was as if the world had reached it's perfection; the air, the sky, the water, and the earth, were in harmony...time seemed to stand still, and for a moment I had a small insight as to what eternity may be. I don't think there is anything more beautiful than an early morning on the water.
Clyde and I have always loved Biscayne Bay. I can remember the first time we sailed into Miami in 1979 and anchored at Key Biscayne Island. We were amazed that water this near a major city could be so clear and beautiful. Years later when we moved to Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami became "our" city. Living in a National Park and making the drive into a city the size of Miami overwhelms our senses. Miami is a busy place. It is only by taking a moment while we are in the city to sit and watch the bay before our souls relax and allow us to fall in love with Miami again. Without the beauty of Biscayne Bay, Miami would not be the extraordinary city that it is.
We have always assumed that the people of Miami and the surrounding area, know how lucky they are to be living near such a beautiful recreational resource...that thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people understand that going out to the wilderness is a necessity because it restores their souls so they can endure another day in civilization. However, since we first saw the bay in 1979, this precious recreational resource has become more and more stressed by the urban growth surrounding it. What a sad day it would be if Biscayne Bay were to die from pollution simply because we ignored our responsibility to this wonderful place.
When Ed Moure of the Biscayne Bay Foundation, asked Clyde if he would include Biscayne Bay in his photographic experiences, Clyde wholeheartedly agreed to join in the effort to help others understand the beauty of Biscayne Bay.
The concern over the future of Biscayne Bay, and it's wetlands, led a group of citizens, in 1996, to form the Biscayne Bay Foundation, a non-profit, private conservation organization with a mission to preserve and protect the bay from further deterioration. They also attempt to educate the community about this wilderness treasure at their back door. With the city of Miami facing severe budget deficits, it is important that the citizens understand the ecological, economic, and spiritual value of the bay. As Edward Abbey once said, "Wilderness complements and completes civilization. I might say that the existence of wilderness is also a compliment to civilization. Any society that feels itself too poor to afford the preservation of wilderness is not worthy of the name civilization."
One of the major issues facing not only Biscayne Bay, but also the Everglades National Park, and the upper Keys, is the possibility of a major international airport to be built at the former Homestead Air Force Base. As anyone who works, or lives, near a major airport can testify, the noise pollution, air pollution, and chemical run-off, which will cause water pollution, does not make for a pleasant life style. It dumbfounds Clyde and I that the idea was even contemplated to create an international airport whose flight path landing corridors are directly over two National Parks, and one State Park: Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Pennekamp State Park. We realize that the city of Homestead sees a great economic boom in conjunction with an international airport, however we believe that within the next 5-10 years that economic boom will happen without an airport. The Homestead area will become the 'bedroom' community for Miami. We don't see the city of Homestead as a place filled with warehouses and manufacturing plants, which always associate themselves near airports. We see Homestead as a community who will grow in a similar way as Naples has, creating sophisticated communities built with thoughtful care enjoyed by people who love the peace and quiet which living in the midst of National Parks can bring. People who are willing to pay a good price for residence will not live in an area near an international airport. If the city of Homestead would look past the 'here and now' and look into their future they would see a beautiful, safe, and quiet community for their children, and their children's children, to live.
If you are interested in joining the Biscayne Bay Foundation you can write or call:
By Niki Butcher-- Newsleter - The Muck-About Journal
Biscayne Bay Foundation
Mr. Edwin Moure
1024 Almeria Ave
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134
Credit to and to read more by Niki Butcher visit clydebutcher.com - Big Cypress Gallery website
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