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Florida / Canal #41224

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 13, 1976
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(Studio) Controversy with regard to digging of canal from Yankeetown, Florida, on Gulf of Mexico to Jacksonville on Atlantic coast noted; argument has continued for over 150 years
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given) Canal was proposed in 1822 by Secretary of War John C. Calhoun in order to better protect United States shipping industry from British ships. Canal's course would affect Oklawaha River, which environmentalists protest. Reporter notes work of WPA and also work done in World War II, since call again came to build canal to protect United States ships from German U-boats. Concerns with regard to area's unique wildlife noted. [U. of Florida zoology professor John KAUFMANN - notes effect canal would have on river.] Chief proponent of project is Florida canal authority manager Giles Evans. [EVANS - says Corps of Engineers findings state canal could be done without environmental disasters or serious engineering problems. Notes economy feasibility of project.] [U. of Florida economist Dr. Henry FISHKIND - says Evans calculation of personal income increase in Duval Cnty. is ridiculous.] Florida comptroller and state's attorney general also disagree with canal authority's projection. Florida governor and cabinet will soon make recommendation to Congress and early in 1977 final decision with regard to controversy will be made by Congress
REPORTER: Roger Caras

Caras, Roger;
Walters, Barbara

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