Within the city of North Port, Sarasota County, are two springs which are two of the most important archaeological sites in North America. Little Salt Spring and Warm Mineral Springs are both known to the scholarly archaeological community and they have much in common geologically and historically but, while the two springs are about five miles apart, they seem to inhabit different worlds.
There is nearly 14,000 years of documented history at Little Salt Spring, and the reasonable expectation that Warm Mineral Springs contains a similar deep antiquity. Coincidentally at the end of June 2013, the University of Miami closed the research facility at Little Salt Spring and Cypress Landings closed the doors to the spa at Warm Mineral Springs. So 2013 might prove to be the most important year in the history of both springs.
Uzi Baram, Professor of Archaeology at New College of Florida, discusses the history, the politics, and the potential futures of these two sites, and the intersection of archaeology, heritage tourism, and economic development. Read the full article here: Two_springs_in_North_Port