Group Title: Two Women: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Harris Carr. Videotaped in Islamorada, Published 1985.
Title: Introduction with a speech by Alice Wainwright read by Carston Rist
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Title: Introduction with a speech by Alice Wainwright read by Carston Rist
Series Title: Two Women: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Harris Carr. Videotaped in Islamorada, Published 1985.
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Creator: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Harris Carr
Publication Date: 1985
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A J ale of iwo Women
Marjon Stonemnan Douglas and Mlaijoric 1 larris Carr




Segment: Introduction with a speech by Alice Wainwright read by Carston Rist

Source: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Harris Carr. Videotaped in Islamorada,
Published 1985.

Length of Segment: 00:06:23

Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.



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Mary Therese Delate: Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to begin our press conference today. Thank you all,
(Feedback) thank you all for coming. Can everyone hear? We've got a PA system that's working. I'm
Mary Therese Delate with the Florida Sierra Club, and we have four very important people here at this
table, who are very concerned about the Florida Keys. Their concern for Florida environment has been
manifested by their years of hard work for the environmental concerns, and I'd like to introduce you to
each one of them, and they will tell us a little bit about why they're here. First of all, unfortunately,
Alice Wainwright is not with us today. She has sent Carston Rist from Tropical Audubon. Alice
Wainwright is the coordinator for the coalition of the Southeast chapters of the National Audubon
society, and Carston has a statement to read to you from Mrs. Wainwright, who is vacationing at the
moment. (Feedback)

Rist: You want me to use the microphone?

Delate: Yeah. Thank you, Carston.

Rist: Alice Wainwright regrets that she's not able to be here today, and I will read her statement now:
"We congratulate the Sierra Club for organizing this meeting that will focus public attention on the
plight of the Keys. For too long, the burden of protecting the Keys unique environment has been born
by conservationists such as the Sierra Club, the Isaac Walton league, The Friends of the Everglades,
some civic associations and the Florida Keys Audubon society, with the able leadership of captain Ed
Davidson. Seven years ago, or so, I went to Key West to speak in support of the designation of area of
critical state concern for the Keys. I had been a member of the ELMS Committee, which drafted the
state guidelines for the designation process. In respect to the designation of the Keys, our high hopes










have turned to ashes. Nothing has been accomplished to make the designation of the Keys, largely
because of lack of enforcement by the county and the state. Now, it appears that a fresh start is
imperative. The starting point, of course, is a sound, equitable, county-led plan. Because the Keys,
geographically and environmentally, presents many unique problems, we hope Monroe county will
employ top flight consultants to assist in developing a plan containing criteria that would allow
development, and, at the same time, protect the environment. For example: open space requirements
could be set off by permitting cluster developments with density controls. The protection of beaches,
mangroves and the impact on nearby coral reefs should have the highest priority in any land-use plan
for Monroe county. We believe that the time has arrived for responsible county leaders to recognize
that the phrase: 'there is a limit to growth,' applies to the Keys. As we all know, public services such as
fire and police protection, sanitation and capacity of roads are now completely stressed. Public support
is essential to insure the adoption of an appropriate land-use plan. Civic and conservational
organizations will play a vital role in conducting meetings to inform the public of the importance of a
sound and realistic land-use plan. The force of public opinion is needed to convince public officials that
in considering zoning changes, the Keys can no longer afford the luxury of zoning permits that destroy
the very natural features that attract people to the area. Too often, zoning restrictions have delt a blow
to the environmental integrity of the Keys. Those who do not share our views may question our right to
criticize what has happened to the Keys. I would respond by saying that nature made the Keys, not man,
and that they constitute a magnificent part of the state to be cherished and enjoyed by all Floridians.
We say, that the rape of the Keys natural environment must be stopped before the point of no return
has been reached. I'm optimistic, however, and believe that the tide has turned. The past has put the
spotlight on questionable zoning changes and procedures, which has aroused public opinion. Also, with
John DeGrove as head of the department of community affairs, we anticipate closer co-operation
between the state and Monroe county officials. The future of the Keys is indeed at stake in terms of
both the quality of life for its citizens and the quality of it's environment. Let us join forces in helping to
put an end to the degradation of this beautiful area."




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