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The Florida Ship Canal


A few miles south of Ocala four huge bridge piers tower out of the underbrush to puzzle most tourists and many Floridians. These piers are monuments to a project which was pictured the moment the Spanish realized Florida was a peninsula, which was considered by Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and John C. Calhoun, which was surveyed and re-surveyed during the administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, which was undertaken and abandoned under the leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and which still stirs the imagination of many Floridians - the trans-Florida canal.