Read January preservation news and updates from the Florida Trust.
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
January 2017 Newsletter
2016 is History: Historic Preservation
Wins & Losses in Florida

Last year was filled with unique challenges and ups and downs for the preservation community - particularly in Florida. As we welcome 2017, let's think about and learn from five big preservation wins and five big losses from 2016.

Big Wins 

1. In 2016 Florida and the nation commemorated 50 years of the  National Historic Preservation Act. The Act laid the groundwork for programs and procedural protections that are fundamental to historic preservation efforts today. A big part of the Preservation Act is protecting archaeological sites, so we are incredibly grateful our partnership with Florida's Division of Historical Resources and other concerned organizations and individuals led to the defeat of the proposed Isolated Finds bills during the 2016 legislative session.

2. There was also positive movement in preserving historic places in Florida in 2016, with the Division of Historical Resources reaching 74 Certified Local Governments (one of the highest in the nation) and achieving 40  Main Street Communities  throughout the state, including a new historic Main Street district in  Northwood Road  in Palm Beach.

3. The 53-year-old  Miami Marine Stadium is designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a National Treasure, one of the historic places that reveal the richness of the American story. After appearing on the National Trust's 11-Most Endangered list in 2009, the Stadium is well on its way to being saved.  In November, Miami commissioners voted to borrow up to $45 million to restore the unique piece of Miami history.

Read the full story here.  
January Historic Preservation Spotlight
The National Trust for Historic Preservation names Little Havana a National Treasure
On Friday the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Little  Havana a National Treasure. The announcement launches a campaign in partnership with  Dade Heritage Trust MiamiPlusUrbia Design and Live Healthy Little Havana to preserve and revitalize the historic neighborhood so vital to making Florida extraordinary.

"Little Havana is a symbol of the immigrant experience in America and a thriving, entirely unique place that thousands of people currently call home," said Step hanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in their announcement today.

Little Havana was listed on the National Trust's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2015. Click here to learn more about Little Havana.
Florida Historic Preservation in the News

UF Award Recepients Leslee & Herschel
Great News for the Florida Trust Family
Trustee Leslee Keys received the inaugural University of Florida Historic Preservation Distinguished Alumni Award last month; and one of the Florida Trust's founders and groundbreaking preservationists, architect Herschel Shepard, received the 2016 Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award. Congratulations Leslee and Herschel!  Please read the full story here

Changes in Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Leadership 
A fond farewell and bold welcome for our Bonnet House Museum and Gardens team. Karen Beard, former Chief Executive Officer of the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens wrote of her retirement, "You may have heard that as of December 31, 2016 I am retired as the CEO of Bonnet House. I was hired in March of 2002 and I have had 14 wonderful years at the beautiful Bonnet House. When I think back on all the lovely times I have had here, I am filled with gratitude to all the donors, staff and volunteers for helping Bonnet House to not only survive but thrive."

Patrick Shavloske, Fort Lauderdale
The Bonnet House will continue under the direction of Patrick Shavloske . "It is an incredible honor to be named as the incoming Chief Executive Officer of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens," Patrick said. "I am humbled by the trust the museum's board of directors has placed in me, and I want to offer a sincere note of thanks for their confidence."

We wish the Bonnet House, Karen and Patrick all the best in 2017 and beyond.  Read the Bonnet House  online newsletter for more information on its programs and upcoming events. 

Dr. Roger Landers Recipient of the LeeAnne Shoeman Award
Roger Landers_Hernando County
The Historic Hernando Preservation Society was delighted to present Dr. Roger Landers with the LeeAnne Showman Award for Preservation for 2016 at the January 5th meeting. Dr. Landers is one of Hernando County's leading historians and was a teacher, principal and district administrator in the Hernando County School System for nearly 33 years.

The LeeAnne Shoeman Award is presented annually to a person who has contributed to understanding of the historic significance of Hernando County, and or the furthering of historic education in Hernando County. Read more about Dr. Landers and the award .
Do you have a story or update you wish to share with the Florida Trust community? Contact Ann Farran at the Florida Trust with your news ideas and information for possible inclusion in future Preservation e-News issues.
Register for Upcoming Education Workshops

Historic Preservation, Building Codes, Resiliency
Historic properties play a major role in many communities as the foundation for thriving neighborhoods, the backbone of business districts, the settings for heritage tourism experiences and the substance of educational programs. 

These upcoming workshops are designed to address the unique way in which historic properties are maintained and rehabilitated within building, fire, life safety, coastal construction, and accessibility codes. Participants will learn how design review is accomplished within a historic district and how creative strategies for code compliance can be successfully incorporated into adaptive use projects. Contemporary challenges such as sea level rise and adaptability strategies will be emphasized.  

Upcoming dates and locations:
  • February 3, 2017, Sarasota, Florida. Register now. 
  • March 3, 2017, Pensacola, Florida 
Visit the FTHP online calendar for additional programs and links.
2017 Annual Conf Image
Florida Historic Preservation Co nference Updates

2017 Conference will be May 17 - 20 in  St. Petersburg

Join us as we explore trends and a variety of topics in historic preservation. A complete list of speakers and programs will be available soon and registration will be opening online soon. Visit the  Florida Trust Website  and stay tuned for more details.

Nominations are due February 28th 
Two significant components of the Florida Trust Annual Conference include the  Annual Preservation Awards and  Florida 11-Most Endangered Historic Sites programs. These programs recognize the people, organizations, companies and historically significant sites in Florida that make up, support and build strong communities.  Please be a part of this process by nominating for both or either of these programs before our February 28, 2017 deadline.  Nominations for both will reviewed and judged by our Florida Trust Volunteer Committees and then recognized during the special programs during our Annual Conference.  Click on the links above to read more or complete an online nomination.  

Sponsors Needed
The Florida  Tr ust Annual Conference relies on individuals, businesses and organizations who support this endeavor each year. We appreciate our sponsors and look forward to providing great opportunities to learn and grow in the year ahead. Sponsorship commitments received to date for the 2017 Annual Conference include: 

City of St. Petersburg/Coliseum
Stetson University

City of St. Augustine
Division of Cultural Resources/Museum of Florida History
Bender & Associates Architects
Flagler College
Hedrick Brothers Construction
Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association
Stevenson Architects
University of Florida Historic St. Augustine

Carrie Jadus Fine Art & Portraiture
Lightner Museum
REG Architects

Preservation Supporter
Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach Restoration Foundation
Riverside Avondale Preservation

Become a sponsor or go online to learn more about  available sponsor opportunities. Contact Tondra Matthews, CMP for information on conference, education or sponsorship. 
Historic Preservation: Did you know... 
by Adrienne Burke, Fernandina Beach
Stokes Fish Market, Sanford, FL

Those Coca-Cola or flour signs in your town might have special protections? Ghost signs, sometimes also known as legacy signs, are a prominent reminder of days past in our communities.

Like buildings, these signs tell a story of our towns and cities over time. Cities throughout the United States and Florida have codes in place to help protect these signs and ensure that they can remain a part of the community. 

Interestingly enough, these old signs would not meet requirements for new signs in many historic districts!  (Photo: Stokes Fish Market, Sanford, Florida)
Thank you for your Memberships

The Florida Trust sends timely notices each month to members whose dues are coming up for renewal in the next few months. Thank you to the 84 Florida Trust members who joined and/or renewed their memberships in December 2016.  For a complete list of current members, business partners and supporters, visit the Florida Trust Website .   

We encourage everyone to consider joining us and supporting Historic Preservation in Florida.  The Florida Trust does so much:
  • We advocate in support of historic preservation on behalf of Florida's many historic sites, museums and parks. 
  • Represent Florida's preservation community through public and media outreach and through support of local preservationists. 
  • Offer extensive education and training opportunities, including workshops, webinars and an annual conference.
  • Educate the public on the benefits of historic preservation and provide resources to preservationists, home owners, preservation professionals, and media. 
Become a part of Florida's preservation story. Join online or c ontact Ann Farran at the Florida Trust today.