According to Collier County Code Enforcement, work has stopped on the site and the developer has hired an archaeologist (of his choice) who will submit his report to the Collier County Historic and Archeological Preservation Board. Many people, including our commissioners and county staff, have visited the site and looked through the fence to see the destruction of this historic shell mound. It’s disgraceful and appalling that the developers chose to act first, then talk. There are ways that development can go hand in hand with preservation. Readers may be interested in an interview posted on the Historical Museum of SouthernFlorida’s website with Bob Carr regarding the “Miami Circle” in downtown Miami (www.hmsf.org/collections-miami-circle.htm) on how developers and archaeologists can work together. You may also be interested in seeing the Mamie Street site for yourself and let our commissioners know your opinion.
Another incident that happened over the past few weeks was the rescue of an adult female diamondback terrapin by residents of Chokoloskee. This terrapin was stranded on the wrong side of the newly installed fence surrounding Mamie Street. She was searching for a way back to the water after being covered in mud as the bulldozers were working on the new marina. Nesting season began in late April and many species are threatened due to loss of habitat.
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Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.