Jupiter Island’s Nathaniel Reed honored as ‘2013 Bob Graham Center Citizen of the Year’

(L) Former Governor and United States Senator Bob Graham, honorees Ellen Freidin, Martha Barnett, and Nathaniel Reed, who was named “Bob Graham Center Citizen of the Year”  (Source: Bob Graham Center)

As Nathaniel Reed fast approaches his 80th birthday in July, not even recent surgery on his leg to remove skin cancer can slow him from his mission to save the Everglades.

“My life has been so full, and I have met so many wonderful people,” he told The Gainesville Sun. “Rather than retire to playing bad golf and gin rummy, I stay in the harness and just love it.”

For the complete interview: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130523/ARTICLES/130529794

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida paid tribute to Reed and two runners-up at its annual meeting on June 11 at Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes. (Source: Bob Graham Center)

The award was established to recognize Florida residents who have made a substantial contribution to enhancing the quality of life for Floridians. An external selection committee of leading citizens, drawn from various backgrounds in Florida, chose the 2013 award winner:

Nathaniel Reed vice chairman, Everglades Foundation; vice chairman, Florida Conservation Coalition

Reed was selected for an impressive and lengthy track record of selfless service at the highest level on issues related to conserving Florida’s precious environmental resources. In 1969, Reed was appointed chairman of the department of air and water pollution control and was central to the reversal of two nationally significant cases of environmental deterioration: the signing of the Florida Jetport Pact that halted the construction of an airport close to the Everglades; and the abandonment of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal project.

During these Florida years, he was credited with a major role in the purchase of 22 new state parks and wilderness areas, and he chaired hearings to establish air quality regions in the state. In 1971, Reed accepted the invitation of President Richard Nixon to become Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and National Parks. He remained in that position through the Gerald Ford administration.

Reed returned to Florida in 1977 and subsequently served seven governors on a wide range of committees and commissions. He is best known as the highly visible chairman of the Commission on Florida’s Environmental Future that recommended a $3 billion investment in the remaining wild lands in Florida, the most ambitious land acquisition program in U.S. history.

Honoree: Martha Barnett

partner, Holland & Knight; past president, American Bar Association

Barnett was selected as an award honoree for her distinguished legal career and her efforts to protect the legal rights of all Floridians. Considered a groundbreaker for her work championing minorities, Barnett was a member of a pro-bono legal team that for two years negotiated a legislative settlement for survivors of the 1923 Rosewood massacre. Barnett was elected president of the American Bar Association in 2000. She was the second woman to head the ABA in its history and the first to chair its House of Delegates.

Honoree: Ellen Freidin

campaign chairwoman, Fair Districts Now and FairDistrictsFlorida.org

A game changer in Florida’s 2012 elections, Freidin was selected for her distinguished legal career and tireless commitment to electoral fairness.  She was campaign chair of the nonprofit and nonpartisan organization Fair Districts Now Inc., the organization behind the successful effort to gather 676,811 signatures for two ballot initiatives —Amendments 5 and 6 — aimed at amending the Florida constitution to require more compact legislative and congressional districts.

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