Conservationist documents Biscayne National Park's creation

The thousands of visitors who come to Biscayne National Park in the coming months _ to snorkel through coral reefs, glide along on a glass-bottom boat or cast a rod into the rippling waves _ may well owe a debt of gratitude to Lloyd Miller.

Not that Miller was thinking of personal acclaim when he sat down last year and began putting pen to paper.

''It always bothered me that while I had gotten some credit for the park's creation none of the other people who participated ever did,'' said Miller, whose love for the glittering and fragile waters of the bay inspired what seemed, at least at the time, a quixotic quest to keep it pristine.

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