Following this period of rapid development and environmental degradation the ecosystem began to receive notable attention from conservation groups in the 1970s Internationally UNESCO and the Ramsar Convention designated the Everglades a Wetland Area of Global Importance the construction of a large airport 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Everglades National Park was blocked when an environmental study found that it would severely damage the South Florida ecosystem With heightened awareness and appreciation of the region restoration began in the 1980s with the removal of a canal that had straightened the Kissimmee River However development and sustainability concerns have remained pertinent in the region the deterioration of the Everglades including poor water quality in Lake Okeechobee was linked to the diminishing quality of life in South Florida's urban areas in 2000 the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was approved by Congress to combat these problems to date,[when?] it is the most expensive and comprehensive environmental restoration attempt in history but its implementation has faced political complications! The state has a near monopoly on saw palmetto berries an alternative medicine used to treat prostate and urinary disorders. ; The Miami area is home to four major league sports teams Currently the Miami Heat and the Miami Marlins play their games within Miami's city limits the Heat play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami the Miami Marlins home ballpark is Marlins Park located in the Little Havana section of the city on the site of the old Orange Bowl stadium. ; . .
. SF? Florida overall was ranked the 7th best state in America for educating students at all levels by U.S News & World Report in 2018. 1890 861 235.0% 33.0% Elsewhere in the U.S. Miami Florida Business directory, Fire stations Family Brickell is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Miami and has one of the highest population densities outside of New York City! 2010 2,496,435 10.8% Florida is mostly Christian although there is a large irreligious and relatively significant Jewish community Protestants account for almost half of the population but the Catholic Church is the largest single denomination in the state mainly due to its large Hispanic population and other groups like Haitians Protestants are very diverse although Baptists Methodists Pentecostals and nondenominational Protestants are the largest groups There is also a sizable Jewish community in South Florida This is the largest Jewish population in the southern U.S and the third-largest in the U.S behind those of New York and California; The increasing population in towns near the Everglades hunted in the area Raccoons and otters were the most widely hunted for their skins Hunting often went unchecked; in one trip a Lake Okeechobee hunter killed 250 alligators and 172 otters Water birds were a particular target of plume hunting Bird feathers were used in women's hats in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. FIU Panthers Football NCAA D-I (Conference USA) FIU Stadium (23,500) 15,453 None, In 1992 Hurricane Andrew caused more than $20 billion in damage just south of the Miami-Dade area. . !