Preservation Through Access

Soul of Our Nation by Scott Hopkins

Dear Fellow American,

"You should engage all five sensations when trying to persuade an audience," Kurt Mortensen says, although "most people tend to favor one of these perceptions over the others."
"There are three main senses we gravitate toward -- they are sight, hearing, and feeling. When we learn, 75% comes to us visually, 13% comes through hearing, and 12% comes through smell, taste, and touch," Mortensen adds.

We live in a unique part of the world with flora, fauna and “critters” as the old timers say that can only be found here, in Florida specifically south Florida. So with development, growth and ultimately encroachment onto these areas, society needs to determine what is developed and what is kept for future generations to enjoy.

I believe that preservation begins with experiencing that which needs to be preserved. We need to ensure access and hence preservation thru access. Once you can gain access to our natural resources, you can enjoy them and appreciate them for what they are. When you appreciate something, you value it and want to preserve that thing which you value.

We can look back not that too long ago to President Teddy Roosevelt who understood this concept establishing our first national parks both preserving for the future and keeping them open for the public to enjoy and gain an appreciation for to protect in the future. We have a great example of a proven concept before us to follow. Let us learn and model ourselves after the precedence set for us by President Teddy Roosevelt.

As Kurt Mortensen says above, 75% of what we learn comes to us visually. I believe that access provides that experiential visual stimulus that makes an impression for a lifetime. We must ensure that we do not ONLY preserve our natural resources by limiting access and cutting the public off from lands to be enjoyed including Keewaydin; provide access to all by building a solution with balance thus preserving our natural resources and access. I believe that we as a community can accomplish this together without drawing lines of differentiation and retreating to pre-defined corners of the room. We must find this balance together establishing a win – win for all. I look forward to seeing you out on the public stage – Join Me, Join our Community, Create our Legacy.

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