Floridays
12:00 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Miami Jetport nearly came to fruition on the edge of the Everglades, in Big Cypress Swamp

A panther rests in a tree in Big Cypress Preserve.
A panther rests in a tree in Big Cypress Preserve.
Credit Photo by Peter Gallagher

The project, pushed by South Florida business interests, was halted by the Nixon Administration in 1969. Nathaniel Reed of Jupiter Island, environmental advisor to Gov. Claude Kirk at the time, explains.