Mission San Luis is the site of a 16th century Spanish Mission thought to be the first settlement in the Big Bend area. Along with continuing archaeological research, the State is reconstructing the Mission site as it would have existed around the turn of the 17th century. The current project is the reconstruction of a Fort and a Block House on the northern end of the mission site. The fort, surrounded by a dry mote and with cannon bastions on each corner, was used for protection against rival indian tribes. The two story block house inside the fort would have housed supplies and munitions.
Genesis permitted the site improvements through the City's Growth and Environmental Management Department. Because of the historic nature of the project, a traditional stormwater management facility was not practical; therefore, the Genesis approach employed using an existing natural conservation area to provide runoff buffer treatment for the proposed impervious areas. Construction on the project began in 2005 and will end in 2006.
For more information on this historic site, please visit Florida's Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum.