Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Action Needed to Protect Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and the Coral Reef!

The Clinton/Gore Administration is considering allowing a major commercial airport to be built on the edge of two national parks - Biscayne and Everglades.

The proposed airport at Homestead, Florida, lies just 1.5 miles from Biscayne national Park and 8.5 miles from Everglades National Park and next to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It would be the largest commercial airport next to a national park in the United States, hosting 236,000 flights per year in its first phase... that's a plane every few minutes.

The Administration is also considering a commercial space port at the site, which would pose similar noise, water and air pollution problems.

Please immediately phone and e-mail Vice President Al Gore's office with the following message:
I (and/or Sierra Club your chapter) urge(s) the Clinton/Gore Administration to protect Everglades and Biscayne National Parks by NOT conveying the former Homestead Air Force Base for commercial aviation or space port uses. Such uses will cause unacceptable, permanent impacts to two of America's treasured national parks as well as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The Everglades, once a wide, slow moving river, also suffers due to damming, diverting, draining, and urban sprawl.

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