(Pub. L. 101–229, title I, § 103,Dec. 13, 1989, 103 Stat. 1948; Pub. L. 105–82, §§ 4,
5,Nov. 13, 1997, 111 Stat. 1541, 1542.)
1997—Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 105–82
, § 5(1), substituted “personally-owned” for “personnally-owned”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 105–82
, § 5(2), substituted “Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visitor Center” for “Visitor Center” in heading.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 105–82
, § 4, added subsec. (f).
Findings and Purpose of 1997 Amendment
Section 2 ofPub. L. 105–82
“(a) Findings.—Congress finds that—
“(1)(A) Marjory Stoneman Douglas, through her book, ‘The Everglades: River of Grass’ (published in 1947), defined the Everglades for the people of the United States and the world;
“(B) Mrs. Douglas’s book was the first to stimulate widespread understanding of the Everglades ecosystem and ultimately served to awaken the desire of the people of the United States to restore the ecosystem’s health;
“(C) in her 107th year, Mrs. Douglas is the sole surviving member of the original group of people who devoted decades of selfless effort to establish the Everglades National Park;
“(D) when the water supply and ecology of the Everglades, both within and outside the park, became threatened by drainage and development, Mrs. Douglas dedicated the balance of her life to the defense of the Everglades through extraordinary personal effort and by inspiring countless other people to take action;
“(E) for these and many other accomplishments, the President awarded Mrs. Douglas the Medal of Freedom on Earth Day, 1994; and
“(2)(A) Ernest F. Coe (1886–1951) was a leader in the creation of Everglades National Park;
“(B) Mr. Coe organized the Tropic Everglades National Park Association in 1928 and was widely regarded as the father of Everglades National Park;
“(C) as a landscape architect, Mr. Coe’s vision for the park recognized the need to protect south Florida’s diverse wildlife and habitats for future generations;
“(D) Mr. Coe’s original park proposal included lands and waters subsequently protected within the Everglades National Park, the Big Cypress National Preserve, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; and
“(E)(i) Mr. Coe’s leadership, selfless devotion, and commitment to achieving his vision culminated in the authorization of the Everglades National Park by Congress in 1934;
“(ii) after authorization of the park, Mr. Coe fought tirelessly and lobbied strenuously for establishment of the park, finally realizing his dream in 1947; and
“(iii) Mr. Coe accomplished much of the work described in this paragraph at his own expense, which dramatically demonstrated his commitment to establishment of Everglades National Park.
“(b) Purpose.—It is the purpose of this Act [see Short Title of 1997 Amendment note set out under section
of this title] to commemorate the vision, leadership, and enduring contributions of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Ernest F. Coe to the protection of the Everglades and the establishment of Everglades National Park.”