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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Little Salt Spring draws attention

Published 4/7/2008
Steve Koski, site manager at Little Salt Spring, recently talked to Noon Kiwanians about discoveries made at the important archeological site.

"Little Salt Spring used to be tomato and cattle fields," Koski told the group. "It's North Port's best-kept secret. It's very similar to Warm Mineral Springs, but it was never turned into a spa. Warm Mineral Springs was demucked and sanded."

The Spring, which sits on a 111-acre site, just off of Price Boulevard near Heron Creek Middle School, was first recognized as an underwater archaeological site in the late 1950's, making it the first 'wet site' discovered in Florida. The city of North Port donated the site to the University of Miami in 1982. The University runs the site and is in charge of archeological investigations there, although Koski of Warm Mineral Springs said several others, including the University of West Florida in Pensacola, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington have conducted research there.

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