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Canaveral National Seashore: Nature Trails Professional Review and Guide
"The distance from the Florida/Georgia border to Key West is more than 500 miles. For all that distance, the longest stretch of undeveloped beach remaining on Florida’s east coast is the 25-mile strip of barrier island known as Canaveral National Seashore. When the Kennedy Space Center was developed on Merritt Island in the early 1960s, NASA found it had far more land than it needed. So, NASA invited two other government agencies to help manage the area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge as a sanctuary for wintering waterfowl in 1963, and in 1975 the National Park Service created Canaveral National Seashore. The Seashore’s close connection to the space program is still obvious: its southernmost boundary is in plain view of one of the space shuttle launch pads."
--M. Timothy O'Keefe, Hiking Central Florida (Falcon Guides).
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