It is undeniably good news that the University of Miami has offered to sell Little Salt Spring to Sarasota County. The purchase would establish public ownership of one of the region’s most outstanding natural sites. And it would put the place in capable, reliable hands.
Early this year, the university acknowledged its intention to close its research facilities at the site and possibly sell the property. It was a budget-cutting move, primarily aimed at paring costs of the on-site archaeological program, which had been headed by professor John Gifford for three decades.
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