Exit 14 northbound To Norland, FL, Miami Gardens,FL and Aventura, FL
Hey! Driver! Want to buy some waterfront property? Don’t be deceived into thinking it’s all on some palm lined beach. It can be lake land Or even swampland. In a state where Disney World meets the Everglades waterfront does not mean oceanfront. Florida, it turns out, is a lot about augmented reality.
You will have passed a lot of lakes and rivers. Surprisingly, most are manmade. So in Florida, humans create waterfront property.
Humans have been re-engineering much of South Florida for the last two hundred years. In fact, water was perceived as a problem. People first proposed draining the Everglades in 1848, but no work was attempted until 1882.
Drainage Canals were constructed throughout the first half of the 20th century prompting land development. In 1947, Congress formed the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project. It built one thousand four hundred miles of canals, levees, and water control devices. Enough to run to Colorado from here. Even the beaches below Fort Lauderdale in South Florida and the islands upon which many reside are mostly artificial or are reliant on human efforts of dredging to maintain their existence.
So what happens in between, from northern Palm Beach down to Miami? This stretch of coast is not insignificant when one considers that about five million people live on this man-modified shore. After all, the Everglades is the world’s widest River. That's right. It's a 150 mile wide seep that flows ever south into the Florida Keys... Which means this area has been artificially accrued inch by inch above sea-level into being habitable for millions of people.
Dry land has been lifted or drained between the Everglades and the hungry Atlantic for generations now. That is, until the next Category Five Hurricane, right? Then you can buy waterfront land cheap!
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