“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Cause for Conservation

Cause for Conservation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 26, 2019
1. Cause for Conservation Marker

Cause for Conservation
"The wild unspoiled beauty of Cape Florida - 510 acres of pines, palms, and beach at the tip of Key Biscayne - has long been a natural park and nature reserve."

"Eight years ago, The Miami News urged it to be bought for this purpose from the owner, Mrs. Elena Santeiro Garcia...and has continued over the years to campaign on the grounds that the eventual alternative will be development..."
"Now the owner...has revealed she would favorably entertain an offer of $8.6 million. One way or another, a decision seems near on the future of one of Florida's last untouched tracts."
- Bill Baggs, May 23, 1965, The Miami News.

But the people also need parks, room to recline, to listen to the soft drawl of the sea, a place to dock a small boat or simply a quiet place to walk.
Bill Baggs, June 27, 1965, The Miami News

Bill Baggs
As editor of The Miami News from 1957-1969, Bill Baggs used his column to champion the preservation of Cape Florida. Mrs. Garcia's decision to sell her property to the state paved the way for this park.

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Florida purchased the land, there were plans to develop it. Feel the difference between the development plans (left) and how the park looks today (right).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is May 23, 1965.
Location. 25° 40.046′ N, 80° 9.402′ W. Marker is near Key Biscayne, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from Cape Florida Park Boulevard when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Key Biscayne FL 33149, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Road to Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Dade Heritage Trust’s Cape Florida Lighthouse Brick Program (within shouting distance of this marker); The Archaeology of Key Biscayne (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage (about 400 feet away); Let It Shine! (about 400 feet away); Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas (about 400 feet away); The Bahama Dinghy (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key Biscayne.
Cause for Conservation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 26, 2019
2. Cause for Conservation Marker
The Restoration Hardware and Road to Restoration markers can be seen in the distance.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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