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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:18:51PM

UM agrees to donate Little Salt Spring

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The University of Miami's Board of Trustees has agreed to donate Little Salt Spring to Sarasota County. The North Port site has produced prehistoric artifacts, human and animal, thousands of years old.

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The University of Miami's Board of Trustees has agreed to donate Little Salt Spring to Sarasota County. The North Port site has produced prehistoric artifacts, human and animal, thousands of years old.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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NORTH PORT — The University of Miami’s Board of Trustees has approved the donation of the Little Salt Spring property in North Port to Sarasota County for inclusion in the county’s Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisition program.

For the last few months, negotiations have been ongoing between UM and the county for the acquisition of Little Salt, an archaeologically significant, 112-acre site with a 220-foot-deep sinkhole located off Price Boulevard near Glenallen Elementary School. County Commissioners voted 3-2 in October to offer to take on the Spring “as-is” as a deed transfer, meaning the county would pay for the removal of old trailers that were used by the university on the site, and other maintenance costs.

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