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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State ParkJohn Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Key Largo, Florida
This outstanding natural park is located on Key Largo, Florida, and also includes some 70 nautical square miles of the ocean waters surrounding it, and the first underwater park in the nation. In 1972, it would be added to the National Register of Historic Places, and the most interesting and exciting reason to come here is to partake of the magnificent coral reefs and the beautiful marine life that is influenced by it. The park would welcome over a million visitors in 2004, which made it the most popular state park in Florida. The Florida Keys and the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico, along the Texas coast are the only living coral reef formations in the continental nation. The idea to make the reefs off the coast of Key Largo would begin as early as the 1930s, so the Everglades National Park commission suggested making the reefs off Key Largo part of the proposed National Park for the Everglades. However, various nearby property owners, Monroe County commissioners and outdoors men would oppose the idea, until 1947, when the Everglades National Park would be created, although, it would not include the reefs. Local citizens would become very alarmed during the 1950s, since many tourists were coming down and taking sea horses, corals, sponges, sea shells and other marine life, as well as being chiseled, hammered and even dynamited to obtain souvenirs. Finally, John Pennekamp, editor of the Miami Herald and Dr. Gilbert L. Voss of the Marine Institute of Miami began a battle to get the reefs protected from more damage and loss, since Pennekamp had already been active in the struggle to get the Everglades made into a national park. It would lead to the creation of a permanent preserve in Key Largo, which President Dwight Eisenhower would proclaim in 1960. Sometime later, the governor, Leroy Collins, would rename the park in honor of John since he had done so much to save it. The park would officially open in 1963, and has proved to be a magnificent attraction. There are glass-bottom boats to view the undersea beauty, as well as snorkeling and scuba diving; with other activities offered in the park like fishing, canoeing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, hiking, picnicking and swimming; along with full facility and youth/group campgrounds. There is also a visitor's center with 30,000 gallon saltwater aquarium and six littler aquaria, along with natural history displays about the park's various biological communities and ecosystems; and a theater to show numerous nature videos.

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Key Largo Dry RocksKey Largo Dry Rocks Christ of the Deep statue, Key Largo, Florida
Key Largo Dry Rocks in Key Largo, Florida has numerous mooring buoys that encompass the shallow reef, with depths ranging from 15 to 25 feet and one of the most popular diving sites in the world, since it contains the famous and serene, Christ of the Deep statue that is well marked with a spar buoy. The famous statue is nine feet tall and made of bronze, symbolizing the peace of mankind from the depths of the waters off Key Largo. The statue of Christ, with His arms outstretched, has come to symbolize peace and understanding, much like the Christ of the Andes, the other impressive statue that stands tall high up in Uspallata Pass in the South American mountains.  The 2 ton statue was created in Italy by Guido Galletti, and stands upon a twenty ton concrete base that is seven and a half feet all itself and eleven square. The people that donated this precious gift made no strings attached, but did want the statue shown in a non-commercial, non-sectarian way, and that competent consulting engineers would be used to place the marvelous statue on the floor of the ocean. The statue is very unique in the Western Hemisphere, just as the statue in the Andes is and the copy, called Christ of the Abysses that is located in fifty feet of water in the Mediterranean Sea by Genoa and placed there in 1954. Duillo Mercanet, an Italian underwater swimmer, would come up with the idea for a shrine or statue that would inspire the people that lived by the sea, or worked or played in it or under the waters, or even comfort those that have lost loved ones to the sea. That initial interest would soon become the statue, and in 1961, another figure of Christ would be cast from the same mold, for Egidi Cressi, an internationally known industrialist and underwater sportsman. He would turn the statue over to the Underwater Society of America as a token of his "high esteem and regard for American underwater sportsmen" and then authorized a group to find the perfect place to put the statue. Once various studies had been accomplished, the coast off of Florida would become the new home for the statue, because of the clear blue waters that would allow people on the surface to see and view the statue as well as those swimming below the surface. When the Christ of the Abysses statue was dedicated, it would be said of this placement as well; "He will descend in the green silent depth of the sea and remain there to protect the living. The dead shall no longer be lonely. His carpet will be of soft algae. His naves and columns will be the pillars of the earth sunk in the great cerulean depths. Ships and phantoms of ships will crowd around Him, living men and dead men. The shadows of all those who lost their lives in the sea will be present, without discrimination of nationality, blood or color. With His liberal gesture of invitation, He will welcome everybody; all who lived for the sea and who, in the same sea they so dearly loved, found their eternal peace."

February 03, 2011