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St. John's River Pouring Poison Into Atlantic Ocaan
JACKSONVILLE (AP—Like a into the pockets of county landgigantic sewer, loaded with owners for pulpwood. human wastes, oil and toxic "Buckeye is our bread and acids, the St. Johns River pours butter, the backbone of our local a flood of corruption into the economy," says editor Pete OsAtlantic Ocean. borne of the Perry News. Black and slimy and fatal to Recently, the county voted on everything it touches, the Fen- a proposal to allow pollution ol holloway River winds through two tributaries into "Black Fen' the forests of Taylor County and to attract other industries. It empties its filth into the seafood passed 4 to 1. Buckeye argues that the Fenbeds of the Gulf of Mexico. The St. Johns and :'Black holloway is a small river am Fen" are two of the most vivid has been used by antipollutior symbols of the rape of natural forces as "a convenient horrible resources in Florida that has example." And the argumen been condoned in the name of has merit, for many larger Flor progress. And they are not the ida rivers are badly polluted. "We must stop it somehow,' only ones, by far. Lakes and coastal waters once says David B. Lee, battle clear, blue and s p a r k l i n g scarred head o; the State Boarc streams, now are a dirty brown, of Health's Bureau of Sanitary Engineering. "If we don't man yellow or black. Cities, towns and housing de- age our garbage, it will manage velopments defile the waters us." with human sewage, often raw and untreated. "Dirty industries" use them as receptacles for toxic wastes. Citrus processing plants dump their refuse. Farmers and citrus growers use the water for irrigation, then pump it back into the lakes, thick with fertilizer, pesticides and muck. Real estate developers cloud the waters with silt. Fishing and pleasure boats manned by people who cry the; loudest for unspoiled waters foul: them with garbage and oil from the bilges. And, as the pollution flows into the sea, it despoils thousands of acres of submerged coastal lands possessing great PL3S6EMJND DAILY NEWS i potential for commercial seafood production. Oyster beds off Brevard, Volusia and Pinellas coun- EIGHT YEARS AGO ties have been closed by the December, 1958 State Board of Health because Okaloosa County Sheriff, Ra to harvest them would endanger Wilson, spoke on "Law Enforce human health. ment" at a recent luncheon o A rising voice of protest was the Fort Walton Beach Lion heard in 1966 against the pos- ;iub. He was introduced by Cir sible destruction in a few short years of natural beauty cher- cuit Judge Erwin Fleet.provid Two ordinances that ished by Floridians for genera- for pension plans lor Fort Wa tions . ton Beach Firemen and Police But as public alarm height- men cleared City Council re ened, the waters gr'.w dirtier cently with approval on . fina and dirtier. readings, the ordinances pro Dr. Sanford A. Mullen, chair- vide for a one percent assessman of the Citizens Advisory ment against Insurance compaCommittee on Water Pollution nies doing business in the City Control at Jacksonville, calls the with funds to go lor the City St. Johns "the lousiest river in contribution to the pension fund, Underprivileged children of Florida." the Fort Walton Beach area will Ninety per cent, of the raw hu- be given a Christmas party by man sewage dumped in all of the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Florida's rivers, he says, goes Club, at the Community Center. into the S'. Johns in Duval Coun- Classwork has started in the ty. Tributaries feeding into it are new building constructed by the Okaloosa Association l o r Reopen sewers. tarded Children, according to This is only half the problem. Walter Lindners, president. The The vest comes from paper building is located between the mills, fertilizer plants and other Mary Esther cut-off and Hollyindustries, and from vessels and wood Blvd., across from Fort facilities cl-.'mping oil near the Walton Beach water tank. river's mouth. T h e Shalimar-Fort Walton Heavy oil slicks form, suffo- Beach girl, Miss Joanne Mccating the fish, and sea birds Donald, who won second place perish, grounded by oil on their in the 1958 Miss America contest, left here recently for Pawings. sadena, Calif., where she will apFlorida's water pollution prob- pear at the Tournament of Roslem grew rapidly critical after es, and attend festivals before world war II, when its popula- and after the Rose Bowl Foottion mushroomed and new indus- ball game on New Year's Eve. tries moved down from the Bill Harris, president of the Bank ol Fort Walton lor 3 '/ north. years will resign his top execu There were two great induce- Live bank position at the end ments for industries which of the year, according to informoved to Florida from dirtier mation recently given to the climes. Because of the clean air Playground Daily News. and water and the recreational facilities it was easy to attract F.A. S h e r m a n , 30 Kepner Road, won top prize in the labor forces. Christmas lighting contest sponThe second lure was a willing- sored by the Gulf Area Garden ness by the people, in exchange Group, according to Mrs. Jack for payrolls, to surrender the O'Gwynn, president. He was waters as dumping grounds. presented with a plant by the organization. Taylor County, in economic sponsoring Miree, a student at Miss B. difficulty, offered to make the the University of Alabama in Fenholloway an "industrial" Tuscaloosa, will be spending the stream to be used in any way parents, Mr. desired and the Buckeye Cellu- holidays with herMiree, owners lose Corp. took the people at and Mrs. Willis Destin. the their word. It made the river its of NextBeach Hotel, of the Playproduction private sewer. ground Players will be "Blithe Today, there is no life in the Spirit" a comedy by Noel Cowriver and none on its banks. ard, to be directed by Danie: When the wind is fresh in the Fager, and produced at the pines, the disgusting stench of Moose Club in February. the river drifts for miles, overMANY SHEERS powering the sweet aroma of the F o u r million skiei\s—three forest. times more than 20 years ago— In return for the river, Buck- glide down hills and mountains eye gave jobs to 840 residents from Maine to Hawaii. Th and pays them about S6 million number increases at 20 per cen a year. Another $3 million goes a year.
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