"Warner’s book should be of interest and useful to anyone who cares about the freedom to enjoy the outdoors on inland water bodies in Florida."
Florida sees a steady influx of new residents who crowd along its extensive coasts and interior shorelines—yet who also demand pristine water resources. The OHWL establishes public access and private ownership limits on some of the state’s most valuable land: in economic terms, waterfront real estate; in ecological terms, marshes and wetlands. Sara Warner brings to life many of the courtroom battles fought over the OHWL through the perspectives of ranchers, outdoors enthusiasts, developers, surveyors, scientists, and policymakers.
While explaining the OHWL’s legal and political intricacies, Warner never loses sight of the wonder of herons wading a marsh or a largemouth bass breaking a smooth lake surface. To her the OHWL is not just an ideological battleground; it is a marker of how we see the natural world. What do we think we’re doing when we channel a river or fill a swamp? she asks—for it matters greatly where we focus our attention before invoking the awesome capabilities of technology.
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