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Lecture: The Manasota Key Offshore Site

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Florida Maritime Museum

4415 119th Street West

Cortez, FL 34215

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This new discovery is a very unique 7000 year old archaeological site that is located near Manasota Key in the Gulf of Mexico. Underwater archaeologists from the Florida Department of State, Bureau of Archaeological Research have been working to study and protect the site. Our presenter has been a member of the stakeholder team convened by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and will share what has been learned about this important site and let us know how we can help protect it.

The public is encouraged to bring foldable chairs and blankets as seating is limited.

John McCarthy is the Executive Director of Gulf Coast Heritage Association and Historic Spanish Point in Osprey, Florida. John is a native Floridian and has lived in Sarasota for most of his life. John attended Pine View High School and received his BS from Goshen College (Indiana). In 2012 John retired after working 33 years with Sarasota County Government, having served as Environmental Specialist, County Historian and Director of Parks and Recreation. John has served as President of the Historical Society of Sarasota County for two terms, and in 2017 was awarded the society’s Hero of History Award. John is a frequent presenter of local history lectures, educational programs and tours and has written a number of articles for Sarasota Magazine.

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