Nathaniel Reed to current commissioners: ‘Don’t screw up the urban boundaries’

Swartz details some of Martin’s greatest contributions:

Nathaniel Reed, former undersecretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Florida’s premiere environmentalist, outlined philanthropy’s role. His mother, Permelia Pryor Reed, and her brother Sam Pryor, then a vice president of what used to be Pan Am, persuaded Tallahassee lawmakers to turn more than 10,000 acres in southern Martin into Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

His father Joseph gave land that made Jupiter Island’s north end into Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.

Many other Islanders contributed money to buy more lands along the Intracoastal Waterway.

“Private philanthropy, combined with a willing and eager group of people who know how privileged we are, saved all this land,” Mr. Reed said. If the  current commissioners “don’t screw up the urban boundaries, we will remain one of the most glorious places on the face of this earth.”

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