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coastal waters threaten florida’s historic resources

gainesville, fla. (ap) — what do st. augustine’s castillo de san marcos and egmont key near tampa have in common? they are two of thousands of florida’s heritage sites that are vulnerable to rising seas. “jupiter lighthouse, fort zachary taylor in key west, fort jefferson and fort pickens in pensacola — all of these places are threatened,” said clay henderson, executive director of stetson university’s institute for water and environmental resilience.the castillo de san marcos withstood two sieges in 330 years and changed hands five times, but its latest invader — the rising atlantic ocean — threatens to erode the historic st. augustine fortress.the coquina shell walls of the oldest masonry fort in the united states once absorbed cannonballs but will be susceptible to the buffetings of the sea.on the other side of the state, egmont key was named one of the state’s 11 most endangered places this year by the florida trust for historic preservation because rising seas threaten to submerge the island. just outside tampa bay in the gulf of mexico, the island holds sacred significance for the seminole tribe of florida, as well as the ruins of another spanish-american era fort, but its elevation is just six feet.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“it’s the first project that we’ve placed on our annual endangered list because it’s endangered by sea level rise,” said clay henderson, who was president of the trust when the key was ad...