National Geographic : 1963 Dec
into all its bays and bayous the figure jumps to 8,500 miles. In its interior are some 30,00() lakes. Each day two and a half billion gallons of water gush from its 17 major springs. This plentiful supply of ground water is one of Florida's greatest riches. It is a windy state, cooled by trade winds in summer, sometimes chilled by icy northers in winter. From time to time it is lashed by devastating hurricanes. Florida proportionately is the fastest-grow ing state in the Union. Though more people moved to California than to Florida (luring the decade 1950-1960, Florida's percentage rate of increase was one and a half times that of California. It is a state of often startling variety. Stand ing at night by the edge of the Everglades' primeval wilderness, you can look back and see the glow in the sky of Miami's lights. Not far from the missile I)ads of Cape Canaveral, archeologists have unearthed the bones of prehistoric man. A minute from the hurtling traffic of U. S. Highway 1, narrow roads skirt (lense jungle. Florida's variety extends as well to the way people make their living. In 1963 some 13 million tourists will have spent more than two billion dollars in Florida's 1,300 hotels, 5,700 From a helicopter above the 36th Street Interchange in northwest Miami, Patrol man Jack Milavic of the lrPublic Safety I)Department I)roa(casts traffic conditions o Wto radio listeners. ()n an av erase day, 117,560 vehicles Cross this new three-laver in tersection linking Miami anI \Iiami Beach at ulpcr left. Metropolitan Miami, with more than a million perma TV nent residents and an annual Ei" tourist intlux of two and a half times that number, has Florida's most crowd(led high ways. Traffic engineering, law enforcement, and safety education pro(lucedl a sharp (lropl in accidents in 1963. Mangrove swamp 5()years ago, Hal Harbour, north of Miami Beach, now boasts luxury hotels towering be Ssidle terraces and Iools. 863 KOALH(RO LESBY WINIIELD PARKS (ABOVE, AND DEAN CONGER i N.G S.