Airboats dwindling in the Everglades

  • Donald E. Onstad, a member of the Airboat Association of Florida, runs his boat in the Everglades. National Park Service regulations won’t allow any new airboat licenses and Onstad is among the dwindling number of private owners with access to the park. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • Members of the Airboat Association of Florida, line up their craft at an American flag they put up outside their camp. The National Park Service has proposed a management plan for the Everglades that squeezes out airboats, one of the iconic symbols of South Florida's Gladesman culture. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • Robert H. Washington, runs his boat in the Everglades. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • A red-shouldered hawk sits on the top a flag pole that was erected by members of the Airboat Association of Florida. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • Paul Bally, a member of the Airboat Association of Florida, runs his boat through the Everglades. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • Donald E. Onstad shows his necklace of trading beads he says he has found in the Everglades. Onstad is a member of the Airboat Association of Florida. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • Members of the Airboat Association of Florida sit on their boats and enjoy the view of the east Everglades. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • Members of the Airboat Association of Florida sit on their boats and enjoy the view. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

  • Donald E. Onstad, foreground, and Robert H. Washington leave the Duck Club cabin in the Everglades. They are member of the Airboat Association of Florida. Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff