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Breaking Down the Wall, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Me standing in front of the Berlin Wall and "Noman's Land" 1990. Berlin Germany. (Photo by Christian Koch.)
Me standing in front of the Berlin Wall and “No-man’s Land” 1990. Berlin Germany. Alexander Platz in the distance. (Photo by Christian Koch.)
The Berlin Wall came down on November 10th, 1989.
The Berlin Wall came down on November 10th, 1989. Many believed this wall would never come down….

Yesterday,  I referred to our plight of trying to influence our state legislature and governor to purchase option lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA)– in order to save the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon, as “breaking down a wall…”

To quote:

—–all this pushing IS having effect. I also know it may push the “powers that be” faster into what-ever-it-is that breaks this wall of historical government/agriculture “self-interest,” because water and the flood gates of the people will in time bring this wall down.”

This got me thinking about another wall I have seen come down in my lifetime, and why I remain optimistic in about our journey. If you were alive 1989, you “saw” the Berlin Wall come down in Germany. Many believed this wall of communism would “never come down,” but it did. I was in Germany just months after the wall actually broke open on November 10, 1989 and lived there teaching for two years.  I think this is one reason I believe we can achieve our goals. Stranger things have happened…

I think President Reagan’s said it best in his speech. His words remain an inspiration to us today.

“THIS WALL WILL FALL. BELIEFS BECOME REALITY.”

YES…THIS WALL WILL FALL. FOR IT CANNOT WITHSTAND FAITH. IT CANNOT WITHSTAND TRUTH. THE WALL CANNOT WITHSTAND FREEDOM.——Ronald Reagan, 1987

Caption words of Ronal Reagan, 1990.
Words of Ronal Reagan from his historic speech.

The EAA is a wall of sorts. A symbolic wall. It is time to break down this wall. I have faith we will do just that…..and really, we already are!

Berlin Wall, as it looked in Germany prior to 1990.(Public image)
Berlin Wall, as it looked in Germany prior to 1990.(Public image)
This satellite photo shows water on lands in 2005. One can see the lands in the EAA are devoid of water. This water has been pumped off the lands into the Water Conservation Areas, sometimes back pumped into the lake, and also stored in other canals. (Captiva Conservation 2005.)
This image shows a figuarative “wall” surrounding the EAA. (Captiva Conservation 2005.)
South Florida's southern Everglades, 1950 vs. 2003. (Map courtesy of SFWMD.)
South Florida’s southern Everglades, 1950 vs. 2003. A wall has been created separating Lake Okeechobee from the Everglades at the expense of the estuaries.(Map courtesy of SFWMD.)
Berlin Wall1990. (Photo public domain.)
Berlin Wall 1990. (Photo public domain.)
Maggy Hurchalla...
Maggy Hurchalla…and other River Warriors on the steps of the state capitol trying to break down a wall.  (Photo JTL, 2-18-15.)
Berlin Wall, 1990. (JTL)
Berlin Wall, 1990. (JTL)
Bernauer Strausee, Berlin Wall in background. (JTL 1990.)
Bernauer Strausse, Berlin Wall in background. (JTL 1990.)
Wall with "East Germany" feet away...(JTL 1990.)
Wall with “East Germany” feet away…(JTL 1990.)
In front of the wall....1990. (Photo Christina Koch.)
In front of the wall….1990. (Photo Christinan Koch.)
Crane taking down the Berlin Wall near 1990. (Public photo)
Crane taking down the Berlin Wall near Brandenburg Gate 1990. (Public photo.)
Wall surrounding stadium. stadium. (JTL )
Wall surrounding stadium. (JTL )