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Near Ocala in Marion County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Conclusive Federal Action

Historic Florida Barge Canal Trail

 
 
Conclusive Federal Action Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 13, 2021
1. Conclusive Federal Action Marker
Inscription.  "I am today ordering a halt to further construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal to prevent serious environmental damage.

"The Council on Environmental Quality has recommended to me that the project be halted, and I accept its advice. The Council has pointed out to me that the project could endanger the unique wildlife of the area and destroy this region of unusual and unique natural beauty.

"The step I have taken today will prevent a past mistake from causing permanent damage. But more important, we must assure that in the future we take only full, but also timely, account of the environmental impact of such projects, so that instead of merely halting the damage, we prevent it."

President Richard Nixon
Comments Accompanying Executive Order (1971)

 
Erected by Florida State Parks. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels
Marker detail: Cross Florida Barge Canal Map image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Florida Memory
2. Marker detail: Cross Florida Barge Canal Map
This map shows the plans for the Cross Florida Barge Canal, and the portion of the project that was completed before construction was stopped in 1971.
. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #37 Richard M. Nixon series list.
 
Location. 29° 6.199′ N, 82° 5.408′ W. Marker is near Ocala, Florida, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Southeast 80th Street (County Road 328) and South Pine Avenue (U.S. 441), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the trail at "The Island" - Cross Florida Barge Canal Interpretive Park, just south of the Marion County Sheriff's Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3260 Southeast 80th Street, Ocala FL 34480, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deliberate Strategy (here, next to this marker); Environmental Victory Nears (here, next to this marker); Opposition to the Canal (here, next to this marker); Protective Perspective (a few steps from this marker); Great Depression Public Works Project (a few steps from this marker); A Beautiful Place (a few steps from this marker); Historical Perspective (a few steps from this marker); Canal Stopping (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocala.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Historic Florida Barge Canal Trail
 
Also see . . .  The Cross Florida Barge Canal.
Marker detail: President Richard Nixon image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: President Richard Nixon
By the time President Richard Nixon halted construction of the canal in 1971, seventy-five million dollars had been spent on the project, and it was approximately 28 percent completed. (Submitted on February 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Conclusive Federal Action Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 13, 2021
4. Conclusive Federal Action Marker
Conclusive Federal Action Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 13, 2021
5. Conclusive Federal Action Marker
(eighth of eight “Canal Story” markers in this series)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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