A friend in Florida emailed me about this current proposal, and thought it was worth passing along. I have tried to find details on when and how this proposal came about, but there doesn’t appear to be a lot of information out there about it. This link simply suggests it was introduced by a “group of citizens in Florida“. Of course Butthead in Warsaw (who now is an expert in all things Florida) gives credit for this proposal to “A group of artefact hunters (and amateur archaeologists?). Gotta love the “amateur archaeologists” label and question mark, especially when all the detectorists I know would never want any such tag tied to them.
As the article states “In the past, Florida had an Isolated Finds Program (IFP) that allowed individuals to collect artifacts from state submerged lands, but the program was discontinued in 2005“. It is also quick to point out that “Currently, under Chapter 267 of the Florida Statutes, all archaeological materials found on state lands or submerged in state waters belong to the people of the state” (so why can’t “people” living in the state have access?).
Given the source of the article it’s also quite understandable that it ends with the following…. “This proposal follows closely in the wake of 13 arrests in connection with a state-wide network of illegal artifact looting from state-owned lands. The arrests drew attention to the difficulties of preventing the loss of Florida’s abundant archaeological record and Native American history from unscrupulous or uninformed diggers”.
When I first learned of this Citizen Archaeology Permit proposal my reaction was that it’s a great idea, but then I realized this is the state of Florida, and does it even stand a chance in the state legislature? It also appears that our old friend Alan Hays is involved again and asking for feedback….
Might this not be a project for the Task Force?
Will be following this one for sure….
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TWO GUYS WHO IRRITATE ME
Hah, not the two trolls you are thinking of…sorry. I am talking about Dave Wise and Todd Hiltz, two Yankees who just keep on finding neat things, and pissing me off. I will, however, admit the videos they keep sharing take me back a few years, and the spots shown remind me of sites I used to hunt.
I like to bust Dave’s chops in particular, but he’s a very good treasure hunter (however, if I run into him again I am cutting the wire to his coil). Todd? He’s an okay guy. Just never figured out how he can stand detecting with “Heavymetalnut” (Dave’s alias on many forums). Be sure to check out Todd’s (Hiltzy) other videos…he does a fantastic job.