Archaeologists and Developers Battle Over Met Square Site

 Met Square Site 

Met Square Site 

Developers of the MDM Development Group and their planned building Met Square have seen their plans stalled because of a discovery of an Indian Tequesta village. 

 Met Square Rendering with Tequesta Site Enclosed in Glass

Met Square Rendering with Tequesta Site Enclosed in Glass

The site has plans for a movie theatre, retail, restaurants and hotel, but archaeologists are delaying those plans. Along with a Tequesta village, the site also served as a Army fort, plantation and Henry Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel, which was built in 1897.

In March, preservationists and the developers agreed to a compromise, which would preserve some of the ancient Tequesta circles and have them enclosed in glass for visitors and tourists. 

According to the New York Times, archaeologist Dr. William Pestle filed a lawsuit against the agreed deal, which could delay development of the site even further.