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Archaeological Preservation Ordinance anniversary recognized

At its December 10 meeting, the city commission took time to recognize a significant step the city took a quarter of a century ago to better understand and preserve the history of the city’s previous four centuries. It was on December 10, 1986 that the commission enacted its Archaeological Preservation Ordinance, a result of community activism supporting the realization of the need to document the city’s unique, nonrenewable archaeological resources prior to development, and the city’s recognition and desire that historic preservation, including archaeology, become a part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

Dr. Stanley C. Bond, Jr., at the time the archaeologist with the St. Augustine Historic Preservation Board, was hired to prepare an initial draft of the ordinance. Dr. Bond, today the chief archeologist with the National Park Service, was recently named a recipient of the city’s de Avilés Award scheduled to be presented on January 28.

The ordinance, one of the oldest and most comprehensive in the country, requires that archaeological investigations be conducted on public and private properties before and during ground-penetrating construction activities. It applies to projects that occur within an archaeological zone and that exceed more than 100 sq. ft. in area and more than three inches in depth. Since the adoption of the ordinance, more than 650 archaeological projects have occurred, resulting in the documentation of 10,000 years of human history in the area that is today St. Augustine.

Three years after its passage, the city created, within the Planning and Building Department, the Archaeology Division headed by the City Archaeologist and assisted by a crew of dedicated community volunteers, who donate more than 5,000 hours every year to various archaeological tasks, from field work to public outreach.

The past quarter century has yielded significant discoveries which would been unknown and likely destroyed had it not been for the foresight of citizens and city government. The ordinance has become a benchmark for historic preservation and has been used by communities in the State of Florida and across the nation to develop their own ordinances.

The presentation at the commission meeting was made by the city’s current archeologist, Carl Halbirt. For more information, call the Planning and Building Department at 904.825.1065

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