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.
Since 1985, the Bureau has offered manager training, consultant team visits, design and other technical assistance, as well as the benefit of experience gained by other Florida Main Street programs. Main Street communities receive up to three years of technical assistance from the Bureau.
Florida Main Street is a self-help program. The Bureau of Historic Preservation supplies technical assistance, but the credit and responsibility for success rests with the many community leaders who offer their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to revitalizing downtown.
Florida Main Street is incremental. Using the Main Street four point approach, community leaders work together to bring about many small but positive improvements downtown. Together, these improvements revitalize the downtown.
Florida Main Street works! Florida's Main Street cities are bringing people and commerce back downtown.
Applications for designation as a Florida Main Street community may be obtained by contacting the Florida Main Street Program office. Please refer to the FMS Calendar for the dates and locations Pre-Application Workshops offered in the current application cycle.
In the past, the word brought to mind an image of bustling centers of commerce and activity. Too often today, the image is of vacant, deteriorating buildings. Now cities are discovering that with help from Florida Main Street, downtown can thrive again.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 mandates that every State Historic Preservation Office provide technical assistance to local governments, organizations and individuals. The Main Street Program is one of the most important methods by which this agency meets this requirement. This mandate is also reflected in Chapter 267 of the Florida Statutes. The Florida Historical Resources Act specifically mentions the Main Street Program as a method for the Division of Historical Resources to provide technical assistance.
Revitalizing Florida' Downtowns
Throughout Florida there is a growing interest in improving the appearance and economic stability of historic downtown business districts. In many communities, the main street is in a serious state of decline. Effective solutions to the problems of deteriorating building stock, loss of business, and the waning economic strength of downtown are crucial to the survival of the city itself.
There are many reasons for a community to actively encourage the revitalization of the downtown. An economically healthy downtown:
- Builds a positive image for the community.
- Reflects a community's confidence in itself and its future.
- Creates job opportunities.
- Attracts new industry and strengthens service and retail job markets.
- Saves tax dollars.
- Stabilizes and improves the area's tax base, and protects the investment already made in downtown infrastructure.
- Helps to control sprawl.
- Preserves the community's historic resources.
- Enables property owners to maintain historic commercial buildings and preserve an important part of the community's heritage.
Main Street Contact:
Florida Main Street Coordinator
Florida Main Street
Bureau of Historic Preservation
R.A. Gray Building, Fourth Floor
500 South Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250