Group Title: Two Women: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Harris Carr. Videotaped in Islamorada, Published 1985.
Title: Speech by Dr. Shirley Taylor about the future development of the Keys
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Title: Speech by Dr. Shirley Taylor about the future development of the Keys
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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Segment: Speech by Dr. Shirley Taylor about the future development of the Keys

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

Length of Segment: 00:06:48

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


Delate: Our last speaker for today is Dr. Shirley Taylor. Dr. Taylor lives in Tallahassee. She is chairperson
for the Citizen's Advisory Committee on Costal Management and came down to Islamorada for a
meeting yesterday for that particular committee. She is also on the Board of Director's of the National
Sierra Club. (Feedback)

Dr. Taylor: How's that? All right? I'm really... (Feedback)

Delate: Wanna switch places?

Rist: Shirley, why don't you come over here? It's because of the amplifier.

Delate: How about this? I'm glad we have some electronic experts out here.

Dr. Taylor: Yes, we do need technological help. It's been really excellent to have these two days in the
Keys. I guess it looks like I'm wearing one hat, but I'm really wearing a couple. From the National point
of view, my particular interest in coastal issues moves around the country from Alaska to Maine,
because I'm chair Sierra Club's National Coastal Committee, and one of Sierra Club's top priorities is
managing coastal areas rationally and reasonably, and there are different problems in every part of the

country. But in the state of Florida, my own personal priority, is well managing the coasts of Florida, in
terms of coastal management, and the Keys are not the least of this, and for that reason, the Citizen's
Advisory Committee on Coastal Management decided to have a regional meeting and we met here
yesterday, and a number of you I saw there. It's very important for us to understand and listen to what
is going on in the Keys. I was already aware of a lot of it, but I learned a lot more yesterday. We have no
power to make things happen, but we can advise, and that is our charge, to advise the governor and
cabinet on new laws or new things that should be done to better manage the coast of Florida, and we
do have recommendations that we will take back. In terms of the future, it seems to me that it's very
plain from all we've heard yesterday and today, and listening to Dr. John DeGrove, who used to serve on
our advisory committee, by the way, but our governor graduated him into heading the Department of
Community Affairs. It's plain that the future of the Keys is right now, and it's also plain that it's
everybody's responsibility, and nobody can wait for somebody else to do it, and that in unity is strength.
Obviously, not all of us are going to agree about everything that we would like to see done in the Keys,
but I think the most critical thing is for more people to find at least single important issues on which
they can agree. Because, so far, as long as we're divided, and so long as citizens are divided about what
they work for, the other side wins: whatever the other side is. And so I think that's extremely important,
in terms of what we've heard today, it reminds me, I've heard mentioned, the Overseas Highway. And
I've heard it down in the Keys, and now Bert this morning spoke about the Overseas Highway, and I had
just looked at a clipping which showed that nearly forty years ago, there was dreamed and described to
be planned an overseas, ocean parkway the length of the Keys, connecting the mainland with Key West.
And I always liked to look at practical places to start, and it seems to me like this could be a very
interesting starting point for each portion of the Keys, wherever that road is. As Al Burt says, "it brings
the bad and the beautiful," and it does, and I guess the bad is more obvious right this minute. But I was
thinking about the challenge it could be to every community to make things happen that make the area
more beautiful in their area, and I'm not talking about trees right now so much, as the things that are
possible to see and enjoy along that part. I was thinking about the history that was described for the
Tavernier area, and yet, when I drove through there, I was not aware, since I live in North Florida and
although I've been to the Keys before, I wasn't aware of the things that I missed. So, I guess what I'm
challenging the Keys to produce is something that would be in the same concept as, say, the skyline
drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains through the Eastern part, up along the Eastern part of the US. It's
slower driving, there are a lot of interesting points in which to stop and look and learn. There's history,
natural systems, interesting plants, places to look at animals. Think of all the things that are possible in
very small access areas along the Keys. And in fact, more public areas with more kinds of public use that
make people appreciate the sand and the ocean and the natural systems, and this could be a very
interesting odyssey, which could take quite a few, well, more than one day. It would take a longer time,
and that should please businessmen because people have to eat and they have to sleep while making
this slower pilgrimage though the Keys. So I guess that's what I'm challenging people to do and state
agencies to think about in terms of park planning, which could tie into this very well, and so I guess
that's the challenge I leave you with. I really think what you do now is exceedingly important, and the
positive things that you can think of to work together on, understand each other's interests and
concerns and come to a common goal, I'm very optimistic that state cooperation and county

cooperation can go forward and you and your voices and your votes at ballot boxes can make the
difference, so I challenge you to find your role and take it on now.

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