What is Florida Main Street?
Nearly 50 communities across Florida are actively participating in the Florida Main Street Program.
According to the Florida Historical Resources web site 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.
The role of Florida Main Street
In the past, the word “downtown” brought to mind an image of a bustling center of commerce and activity. Too often today, the images are of vacant, deteriorating buildings. Now communities have discovered that with the help from Florida Main Street, Downtown can thrive again.
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
- Creates job opportunities
- Saves tax dollars
- Preserves the community’s historic resources
- Helps to control sprawl
Throughout Florida, there is a growing interest in improving the appearance and economic stability of historic downtown business districts. In many communities, the downtown 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.”