Maggy’s impact on Florida’s conservation movement cannot be overstated. She’s the reason developers can’t fill in wetlands in Martin County, and the reason I-95 bends away from Stuart. During her 20 years as a Martin County commissioner, she helped craft development rules that made the community a leader in the state for environmental preservation.

Her advocacy was fueled by a deep love for Florida’s wilderness. She kayaked as often as she could, and spoke about the Everglades to anyone who would listen.

Those of us who had the honor of joining Maggy for a paddle gained a new appreciation for the magic of mangrove tunnels, and we were often treated to a recitation of poetry by Maggy. She was inspiringly irreverent, and she left a mark on our community that will not be forgotten.

Maggy worked as an advocate until her final days. She sat on Friends of the Everglades Policy & Science Committee, always offering insightful context. She was an eternal optimist, and a generous heart. We will miss her deeply.

Friends of the Everglades sends its deepest sympathy to Maggy’s family, especially to her granddaughter Kym who is on our staff.

In lieu of flowers, the Hurchalla family is requesting donations to Friends of the Everglades to continue powering the work that she was so very passionate about. If you’d like to make a contribution in honor of Maggy, please click here.