State Blocks Massive Marco Island Dredge

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Title

State Blocks Massive Marco Island Dredge

Alternative Title

State Blocks Marco Island Dredge

Subject

Marco Island (Fla.)
Water quality--Florida

Description

A newspaper article discussing controversy over proposed plans to develop Marco Island, Florida, by the Marco Island Development Corporation (MIDC). The development was blocked by the Florida Legislature after allegations were made by J. Edward Burgess of the House Natural Resources Committee, charging that dredge-and-fill violations had been concealed from the Florida Cabinet by the Internal Improvement Fund (IFF). The charges were denied by Joel Kupperberg, director of the IFF, who said only two instances of illegal dredging had been found, and on both occasions the illegal dredging was halted by the Marco Island Development Corporation (MIDC). The article also notes the Florida Department of Pollution of Control denied a dredge permit to develop areas of Johnson Bay near Marco Island in March of 1972, and examines environmentalists' concerns over the potential development. A couple of months after this article was published, a hearing on the Burgess report was held on July 15, 1972, and determined there was no evidence that violations of state law occurred, and that no evidence of violations was withheld by the Internal Improvement Fund.

The Marco Island Development Corporation was formed in 1964 for the purpose of developing Marco Island into a residential and tourist area. This entailed dredging the island’s submerged areas, excavating sand and soil, and re-filling to create areas suitable for construction. Dredging and filling is regulated at both state and federal levels. The Internal Improvement Fund (IIF) held veto powers over dredging and filling after the passing of the Randell-Thomas Act in 1967. Construction on Marco Island thus required the IIF to approve plans and pass their recommendations to the Florida Cabinet.

Source

Photocopy of original newspaper article: "State Blocks Massive Marco Island Dredge." The Orlando Sentinel, April 5, 1972: binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1972-04-05

Date Copyrighted

1972-04-05

Date Issued

1972-04-05

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: "State Blocks Massive Marco Island Dredge." The Orlando Sentinel, April 5, 1972.

Is Part Of

Binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Friends of Lake Apopka Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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Extent

720 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Marco Island, Florida
Johnson Bay, Florida
Rookery Bay, Florida
Rookery Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Naples, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by The Orlando Sentinel.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Orlando Sentinel and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

King, Joshua

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"Dredge and Fill Fact Sheet." FDEP Environmental Resource Permitting Dredge and Fill Fact Sheet. March 24, 2016. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wetlands/erp/dffact.htm.
Craig Disavows Marco Island Report." The Lakeland Ledger, April 5, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VFJMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YvoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7517%2C1259084.
"House Group Sees No Evidence Of Dredge, Fill Concealment." The Daytona Beach Morning Journal, July 18, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PU8fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r9EEAAAAIBAJ&pg=910%2C1035699.
Waters, Erika J. "Modern Marco." Marco Island Historical Society. Accessed June 05, 2016. http://www.themihs.com/historical-photos/modern-mar/.

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