December 4, 2007

Letters of support are needed for Otter Mound Preserve

*** Update: December 26, 2007 ***
Historical Society Clarification Letter to Conservation Collier Committee Members
*** Update: December 13, 2007 ***

The Property is on the A list for Conservation, Read more about the
Upcoming January 29, 2008 meeting regarding the Tommie Barfield Historic Home.

Marco Island is rich in history, and the Otter Mound Preserve sits right next to what was once home to Jim and Tommie Barfield. Most residents know Tommie Barfield’s name because our Elementary School is named for her. Such an important figure in the development of Marco Island it just seems right that her home be preserved for future generations. In this age of tear downs on Marco Island to build bigger and better, we are losing a bit of history quickly.

Luxury Homes vs. Historic Homes

Marco Island has a limited amount of space and those searching for the ideal location to build their Luxury home on Marco Island are always on the prowl for the ideal location. So it is refreshing to see that the Barfield family is taking the high ground and looking to preserve a piece of history. Jimmy Dyches, grandson to Tommie Barfield is in the process of selling this piece of Marco history. This property has been in the Barfield family for over 90 years and he would like to see Conservation Collier purchase it and turn it into Visitor's Center. The alternative is to let some developer purchase it, split the land into two parcels and overshadow the Otter Mound.

About the Marco Island Otter Mound

As described in the acquisition analysis “The Otter Mound is a large shell mound with a deep deposit of cultural materials. The midden is comprised of 15 feet of shell deposits that represent periods dating back 1500 years. This property is a site listed on the Florida Master Site File due to its archaeological significance. It contains a large mound of significant deposits that represent prehistoric activity.

Otter Mound is a shell midden located within a neighborhood on Marco Island. The Otter Mound project is located in Collier County and consists of 1.78 acres. It is approximately 0.5 miles west of Deltona Lands, state-owned conservation lands that serve as mitigation for development on Marco Island; and approximately 3 miles west of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. A multi-level shell wall constructed during the early 20th century surrounds portions of the mound. A mature tropical hammock dominated by a mixture of native and non-native species covers it.”

Make your voice heard if you want to help save the Barfield House, please call Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala at 774-8097 or write to her to 3301 East Tamiami Trail, Naples, 34112, or e-mail

Read Also About the Otter Mound Preserve:

History in Motion
Slow recovery for native plants expected at Marco’s Otter Mound Preserve
Junior Historical Society Provides Tours of Otter Mound Preserve

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