The Martin County Difference, A Coastal Flight Comparison to “South Florida,” SLR/IRL


St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon, Martin County, FL (JTL)
Port of Miami, Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL (JTL)

Today my husband, Ed, is going to take you on a flight south along the Atlantic Coast from the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon in Martin County, to the Port of Miami. As we know, the coastline becomes more and more developed as one flies further south. Bright blue skylines of houses and condos morph into shadowy silver skyscrapers, and cargo ships. Expansive greenery slowly disappears…

I, probably like you, know people who grew up in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or Palm Beach County who have moved to Martin County to get away from the over-development and traffic nightmare of “down south.” Many tell stories about things changing “overnight,” and no longer recognizing the place they called home.

The “Martin County Difference,” its slow development, is not by accident. Many throughout the years have fought to keep our area less traversed than the rest of South Florida. One thing is for sure, if you want to keep it, you have to fight for it, or otherwise it will be going, going, GONE…

Ed’s tour-view, from the air, really makes the comparison hit home.

(Please see map of cities passed in flight, and 28 photos or slide show below.)

Ed your pilot and tour guide
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Coastal flight from Stuart/Palm City/Hobe Sound in Martin County to Miami and Key Biscayne.

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I am having technical problems with this post; long up-loading and off links.  I do apologize and will get worked out. Jacqui

5 thoughts on “The Martin County Difference, A Coastal Flight Comparison to “South Florida,” SLR/IRL

  1. Except our Stuart Water is black, and Biscayne Bay still has sea grass and tropical blue water. Makes it obvious that our problem is Okeechobee discharges and not over development. Mac

  2. Jacqui ~ Have you noticed the new phrasing to include the Treasure Coast as part of “South Florida” in the last six months or so? ATTENTION: WE ARE NOT SOUTH FLORIDA. It is a subliminal message from the Seven|50 \ Big Development movement with an intended purpose to brainwash the unsuspecting public to unconsciously allow us to be grouped in with the ‘zero-lot line, massive foot print, urban sprawl and no-place-to-go-but-up’ push. In the name of “creating jobs” developers want to grab our land; just look at the push here in Port St. Lucie where it is supposed to be an honour to be the 8th largest city in Florida, surpassing Fort Lauderdale. City planners brag that PSL will be 400,000 when all the agriculture land is developed. Really?! Where do they expect to direct all the traffic? With that comes a load of crime and social problems. I for one will head for the hills before I watch them do what they did to the Frances Langford estate.

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