Developers and Preservationists Find Historic Common Ground in Miami
Opposing parties agree to a solution as historic as the ancient Indian site it preserves.
When an archaeologist unearths a significant find on the site of a multimillion-dollar development, it rarely ends with smiles and handshakes. But at Miami's Met Square development, where archaeologist Robert Carr recently discovered the remnants of a an ancient Tequesta Indian village, that's exactly what has happened.
Last night, the Miami City Commission approved an agreement hammered out in mediation last week between MDM Development Group and several private and governmental preservationist parties, and all sides agree that the solution is as historic as the site it preserves.
"This will be the most robust preservation of any site in the southeast United States," said Marc Sarnoff, the city commissioner who first suggested that the parties try to reach agreement through mediation.