In 1997, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) enacted a historic preservation ordinance (Chapter 66 of the Sarasota County Code), creating a local register of historic places.
Chapter 66 formalized the review of significant historical resource not yet listed through the review of certain development applications. Through the mechanisms enacted by their ordinance, the preservation of the irreplaceable historical resources of the county has become an established and successful planning tool in Sarasota County.
Since its beginning, the program has listed a total of 507 archaeological sites through Sarasota County.
The Importance of Archaeology
The decision to protect the significant archaeological resources of Sarasota County is vital and has led to the discovery of new sites and information about Florida's ancient and pre-historic residents! In fact, the archaeological record of Sarasota County spans some 14,000 years and includes virtually every stage of North American human occupation! This means that our archaeological heritage runs deep and wide and tells us not just about local history but also about the history of humanity itself.
Hundreds of archaeological sites are not only listed on the Florida Master Site File but also on the National register of Historic Places. In fact, Sarasota County's first three listings on the National Register were archaeological sites - Spanish Point, Little Salt Spring, and Warm Mineral Springs!
Archaeology researchers are welcome at Sarasota County Historical Resources by appointment. Please call 941-861-5000 to make an appointment with Historical Resources staff.