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Ancient "Senator" Becomes a Symbol for Florida's Mismanagement

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Remember earlier this year when we reported on the fiery end to the "Senator", a 3500-year-old cypress tree in Seminole County? It was the centerpiece of Big Tree Park near Longwood, and was a tourist attraction long before the states' theme parks.

Now authorities have charged a 26-year-old meth addict with setting the fire.  Beth Kassab, a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, says it's a sad but unsurprising outcome to a long history of neglect:

There was no concerted effort to stop the mischief that went on there after dark. No security cameras. No lights. Cursory patrols. Only a fence around The Senator's base, and apparently not a very good one considering what happened in January. Now The Senator joins Florida's long, sorry list of afterthoughts. Things we wish we had protected when we had the chance: the dusky seaside sparrow before Central Florida boomed. The Everglades before Big Sugar. The beaches before condominiums. Lake Apopka before muck farms.

 

You can read the entire article here.

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