"Rarely does the public get such a clearly written glimpse of the complexities of saving real places in America."
Don Barger, Senior Director, Southeast Regional Office
National Parks Conservation Association
“Everglades Betrayal – The Issue that Defeated Al Gore offers a detailed and riveting chronicle of what is perhaps south Florida’s most prominent land use and environmental conflict – the closure of the Homestead Air Force Base and options for its reuse including possible redevelopment as a commercial airport sandwiched between two exceptional national parks. Ms. Mayr’s compelling work is well researched and analyzes positions, actions, and statements of a broad spectrum of actors in this debate, which has evolved for more than a decade. To some people, this case may appear to be a local south Florida land use issue. However, Ms. Mayr clearly illustrates its rise to national prominence that subsequently led to high-level policy debates within the Clinton administration. Everglades Betrayal dramatically documents that the saga of the Homestead Air Force Base may have played an important role in the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. Ms. Mayr’s offering is an important work for students of environmental studies, law, policy, political science, and planning, as well as for government officials. The general public will also find its compelling story and engaging style inviting.”
Daniel Suman, Professor of Marine Affairs & Policy, University of Miami
“Everglades Betrayal is a provocative and insightful account of the passionate dedication of south Florida environmental activists, political miscalculation, and unintended consequences. Ms. Mayr tells an important story of ideology and political costs – how an airport may have changed the course of our Nation.”
April H. G. Smith, Director of Ecosystem Restoration, Audubon
"A thoroughly-researched and balanced look at one of the most tumultuous and far-reaching land use decisions in South Florida's modern history from an expert on the front lines."
Susan Cocking, Miami Herald Outdoors Writer