TC PALM: What would Florida have looked like without Nat Reed? | Our view

TC Palm: Written by Treasure Coast Editorial Board. July 12, 2018.

On July 11, Florida lost a lion.

Eight days earlier, Nathaniel Pryor Reed, 84, fell while fishing in Canada and hit his head. The Hobe Sound resident spent a week in a coma before his family took him off life support. He died Wednesday, 11 days short of what would have been his 85th birthday.

It was an immense blow to the environmental causes Reed championed throughout his remarkable life, both as a private citizen and a government official.

Anyone who cares at all about Florida's fragile ecosystems owes Reed a debt of gratitude for his efforts to help protect them. After Reed died, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson proposed naming the planned reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee for Reed.

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