‘Significant’ Archaeological Site Threatens Spaceport
By Craig Pittman, Tampa Bay Times // July 5, 2013
site will be be 'right smack on it"
TAMPA BAY TIMES – Space Florida, the state’s aerospace economic development agency, wants to build a commercial spaceport next to Kennedy Space Center. Local business and government officials are all for the chosen site, seeing it as a way to boost the future of the Space Coast now that America’s shuttle program has ended.
But the past sometimes reaches out to trip the future.
The property along the Volusia-Brevard county line where Space Florida wants to build its spaceport turns out to be already occupied. It contains the ruins of an 18th century English plantation, complete with slave villages, a sugar factory and a rum distillery. National Park Service officials have declared it “one of the most significant properties in North America.”
“This site, what they’re proposing, they’ll be right smack on it,” said Roz Foster.
“This site, what they’re proposing, they’ll be right smack on it,” said Roz Foster, a local historian who runs the North Brevard Heritage Foundation in Titusville. When she informed Space Florida of what was there, though, “they were surprised that it existed.”
That dismayed Foster because the ruins had been fully explored and documented by archaeologists five years ago. “They should have known,” she said.