"We've Got to Be Awful Careful or We're Going to Lose It": Documenting Life Along Florida's Matanzas River

"We've Got to Be Awful Careful or We're Going to Lose It": Documenting Life Along... Essa y .................... “We’ve Got to Be Awful Careful or We’re Going to Lose It” Documenting Life Along Florida’s Matanzas River by Anna Hamilton All photographs by Anna Hamilton. 20 y Florida childhood was muddy, awash in alligators, salt spray, and brin y oysters. I grew up on—and in—northeast Florida’s Matanzas River, a marshy estuary snaking from St. Augustine in St. Johns County southward into Flagler County. Layers of  M history are imprinted on the Matanzas, from shell middens of early indigenous people, Spanish landmarks, and the sites of bloody battles, to remnants of 1900s homesteaders, hunting clubs, and kitschy 1950s attractions. The river supports robust commercial and recreational shing, fi thanks to efforts of conservationists in the 1990s. It is one of the last places in only a handful on Florida’s east coast where we can still harvest oysters. But to live in Florida today is to live in a paradox. The climate warms, sea levels rise, and storms batter us with increasing frequency, yet nearly 1,000 people move to Florida each day. The ramicat fi ions are a tired but dire story: subdivisions subsume floodplains, coasts erode, corals bleach, fresh water dwindles, species extinguish. This is the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

"We've Got to Be Awful Careful or We're Going to Lose It": Documenting Life Along Florida's Matanzas River

Southern Cultures, Volume 24 (1) – Apr 7, 2018

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University of North Carolina Press
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Essa y .................... “We’ve Got to Be Awful Careful or We’re Going to Lose It” Documenting Life Along Florida’s Matanzas River by Anna Hamilton All photographs by Anna Hamilton. 20 y Florida childhood was muddy, awash in alligators, salt spray, and brin y oysters. I grew up on—and in—northeast Florida’s Matanzas River, a marshy estuary snaking from St. Augustine in St. Johns County southward into Flagler County. Layers of  M history are imprinted on the Matanzas, from shell middens of early indigenous people, Spanish landmarks, and the sites of bloody battles, to remnants of 1900s homesteaders, hunting clubs, and kitschy 1950s attractions. The river supports robust commercial and recreational shing, fi thanks to efforts of conservationists in the 1990s. It is one of the last places in only a handful on Florida’s east coast where we can still harvest oysters. But to live in Florida today is to live in a paradox. The climate warms, sea levels rise, and storms batter us with increasing frequency, yet nearly 1,000 people move to Florida each day. The ramicat fi ions are a tired but dire story: subdivisions subsume floodplains, coasts erode, corals bleach, fresh water dwindles, species extinguish. This is the

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