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Updated: 04/07/2014 05:28:17PM

Spring up for grabs

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Little Salt Spring in North Port on a sunny day. The site has produced prehistoric artifacts, human and animal, thousands of years old.

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Little Salt Spring in North Port on a sunny day. The site has produced prehistoric artifacts, human and animal, thousands of years old.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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NORTH PORT — Cheryl Cook recently asked her fellow North Port city commissioners to try to acquire Little Salt Spring from the University of Miami after it was offered to Sarasota County.

During the final 10 minutes of a four-hour City Commission meeting on Jan. 27, Cook expressed interest in acquiring the 112-acre site, which features a 220-foot-deep sinkhole, located off Price Boulevard near Glenallen Elementary School. Discoveries from the site include fossil bones of extinct megafauna and early Archaic artifacts. In 2011, a piece of deer antler attached to a 10,000-year-old short spear, called an atlatl, was discovered by divers.

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