Polluted water. Hurricanes. Shipwrecks. Drowning sailors. Land developers. Cheap transportation. U.S. presidents willing to invest federal funds in order to court Florida voters. Presidential advisors who attempt to clear the minefields of conflicting local interests in order to implement presidential policy. Public expectation that powerful congressional leaders will bring home the bacon. The ever escalating tension between economic developers/civic boosters on one hand and environmentalists on the other. Typical Florida boondoggles and screwups. If the cast of characters and issues sounds familiar, it is because few patterns of human conduct are entirely new, nor are our current debates entirely foreign to our collective history.
"The Cross-Florida Canal and the Politics of Interest-Group Democracy Caherine Prescott Lecture, 2008,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 87:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol87/iss1/3