The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club (August 17-19) was the site of the 2015 Florida Main Street Annual Conference hosted by Grand Central District, EDGE District, Deuces Live Main Street, and the city of St. Petersburg. Each year a different Florida Main Street program opens its doors for the opportunity to highlight thriving downtown communities around Florida and on Tuesday, August 18, Main Street Fort Pierce and Lincoln Park Main Street attended the 2015 Florida Main Street – Secretary of State Awards where each Main Street program from St. Lucie County was successful in receiving awards for outstanding achievements with innovative projects, programs and volunteers in Florida Main Streets.
Congratulations to Main Street Fort Pierce on receiving 4 awards. Honor Award: Outstanding Public Improvement – Restored Fort Pierce City Marina. Merit Awards: Outstanding Local FMS Program Supporter (Gary & Gregg Gillette); Outstanding Rehabilitation Project – Hill House/Sailfish Brewery; Outstanding Special Event – Historic Trolley Tours. Congratulations to Lincoln Park Main Street on receiving 2 awards. Honor Award: Outstanding Public Improvement – Historic Lincoln Park – Avenue D Corridor and Outstanding Rehabilitation Project – Granny’s Kitchen.
What is Florida Main Street? Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program administered by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, for traditional historic commercial corridors. The Bureau conducts statewide programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, and preserving Florida’s historic resources. Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy in achieving these goals in Florida’s historic retail districts.
In addition to making improvements and preserving the history and physical structures in the respective Main Street Fort Pierce and Lincoln Park Main Street communities, each program harbors goodwill and unites the people in the communities by organizing with others to help sponsor activities such as the recent Reverse Raffle, Friday Fest, Coffee with the Mayor, Taste of the Sea and Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Jazz on Moore’s Creek, and many other functions year round that help to support the communities.
Other Florida Main Street programs on the Treasure Coast are:
Main Street Vero Beach
East Stuart Main Street
Stuart Main Street
Source: Pam Gillette, Main Street Fort Pierce