To Protect And Preserve

· Installing a rain shelter with four picnic tables, benches and landscaping.

Because of its historic designation, two Certificates to Dig were obtained from the Office of Historic and Archaeological resources. Conditions of approval included capping the entire site with 2 to 3 feet of construction fill. The fill, made of crushed limestone rock, serves as a buffer to protect the subsurface of the archaeological site. Planting, grading and construction occurred within the layer of fill, and all work required monitoring by the county archaeologist.

“The site provides a good way for people to learn about Tequesta and Seminole Indians who inhabited the site,” says Ransom. “People love to learn and hear about what happened back in the day. This provides an opportunity for city residents to learn about the geology of the site.”

Heather Reichle is a freelance writer living in Columbus, Ohio. She can be reached via e-mail at HReichle28@yahoo.com.

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