Based on the award-winning book, this presentation examines the long & convoluted history of the attempt to cross the Florida peninsula by cutting a waterway from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. It looks at the Ocklawaha River in the 19th century and the first attempt to cut a ship canal in the 1930s as part of a New Deal work project. It then moves to the 1960s and the controversy over the building of a barge canal along the path of the failed ship canal. It focuses on the environmental movement organized by Marjorie Carr which eventually stopped the canal before it was completed. Finally, it looks at the process of turning the canal into the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway and the continuing controversy over whether the Kirkpatrick Dam on the Ocklawaha River should be removed.
Presented by Dr. Steve Noll.
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