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December 2017 Florida Preservation News
How Advocacy Saved the HTC
People throughout Florida were part of a movement that helped the Historic Tax Credit survive the most significant tax code rewrite in three decades
Yesterday we learned Congress has again confirmed that historic preservation makes fiscal sense, as the 20% HTC was included in the tax reform package that has now passed the House and Senate and is on its way to the president's desk for signature.

"All told, the results of the HTC campaign demonstrate the preservation community's ability to effect positive policy change in the face of adversity," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "The preservation movement's focused and effective advocacy ensured the HTC will continue to preserve our heritage and catalyze community revitalization for many years to come. Thank you for the countless hours you contributed to our effort to ensure that this critical preservation tool remains a pillar of federal historic preservation policy," Read more about this milestone from the Trust.

Our Executive Director Melissa Wyllie helped support the effort to protect the HTC, including speaking to reporters for publications around the nation. In a story that ran in the Miami Herald and other papers she said,  " We have a limited supply of historic buildings and we want to make it viable economically to preserve them. From a development standpoint this tax credit can make the difference between preserving a building or starting from scratch, and potentially demolishing one."
Many thanks to all of our Floridians who called their representatives, signed a petition and advocated for the continuation of this significant program.

Year-End Giving Campaign
End Your Year with the Gift of Historic Preservation

Protecting Florida's extraordinary history and heritage is about more than preserving the shell of a building. In 2017 we worked to preserve the historic places most important to you, strengthening communities and protecting the living testaments to Florida's unique history for future generations.
Thank you for being a part of this mission.
We close out the year with unprecedented challenges to historic preservation nationwide. We need your help to continue to fight for the tools and resources that allow historic preservation to happen in communities throughout the state.  Florida's historic places need you now more than ever.

My Florida Modern: Help Survey Your Community's Modern Architecture
University of Florida Statewide Mid-Century Modern Survey Aims to Identify "Lost" Resources
The Historic Preservation Program at the University of Florida is undertaking a  multi-tiered analysis of significant buildings, sites and landscapes of the Modern movement and the recent past (1945-1975), examined on a statewide level.

The My Florida Modern project seeks to understand and document the range and variety of design resources that give the state its unique architectural character and to provide a consistent framework to guide future preservation, land use and planning efforts. A list of Florida's 50 Flagship Designs, will highlight newly "discovered" buildings and landscapes that have not been recognized previously. 

Florida Trust Board Member and Historic Preservation Program director said, "Modern and recent past resources are an important chapter in Florida's history, encompassing innovative ideas in architecture and planning, as well as places that demonstrate the influence and impact of the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Space Race and urban renewal. My Florida Modern purposefully throws a wide net over the state as a first-tier effort for recording historic modern structures and landscapes."

You can help with this important project! Complete this 20-minute survey about your community's modern design resources.

Florida Department of State Releases FY18-19 Grant Lists
Last week the Florida Department of State released the FY 2018 - 2019 Grant List, which includes the rankings for the Division of Historical Resources Special Category and Small Matching Grants. 

Click here to see the  DHR Grant Book, and learn more about DHR grants.
December Preservation Spotlight
Showcasing one of our 2017 Florida's 11 to Save

Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, built 1927

Opened in 1927, Kiehnel and Elliott Architects designed the Playhouse in a flamboyant Mediterranean style with Spanish Baroque flourishes. This year marked the Playhouse's 10th listing on the Florida's 11 to Save.

There has seen much focus and community support for the Playhouse in 2017. At a Dec. 14 Miami City Commission meeting it was voted to give a third party 100 days to secure funding for a proposed preservation plan for the historic theater. That vote came after public outcry over the city's proposed development of the site that would include demolition of much of the original theater as well as the addition of a multi-level parking garage. 

A Miami Today News story said, "It appears preservationists fighting to save the entire structure - including the 1,100-seat auditorium - have found powerful allies at the city and county level."

Upcoming Historic Preservation Events
A Concert at the Barn - to benefit Historic Preservation
Old Willis Dairy, Tallahassee
Feb. 3, 2018
Catch some great live music and support the Florida Trust and historic preservation! The Old Willis Dairy is hosting a Concert at the Barn benefiting the Florida Trust and the Tallahassee Trust. The concert features Organic Soundsman, LipBone Redding.  Buy your tickets today!

Grant Workshops
Department of State grants staff will be visiting communities in rural or underserved areas across Florida in 2018 to hold workshops to help citizens apply for and manage grants. Workshop staff will present opportunities for Cultural Affairs and Historical Resources grant programs and provide optional one-on-one consultations for participants. So far workshops have been scheduled for  LaBelle, Florida Wauchula, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Madison, Florida  and  Pensacola, Florida .

Cemetery Resource Protection Training
Florida Trust House, Tallahassee
Jan. 20, 2018
The Florida Trust is excited to host its first Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT) workshop in January! The workshop will begin with an introduction to cemeteries as outdoor museums  and an overview of management plans. After lunch we will head out to the field and receive hands-on training at a local cemetery. Let us know if you are interested in joining us for this free event.
Florida Historic Preservation News

Great news for Apalachicola!
After a multi-year preservation battle, Apalachicola scored a big preservation win as CVS has withdrawn its proposal to build a large store in the city's historic district. The CVS would have required demolition of historic buildings and been directly across the street from the third-oldest cemetery in Florida. In October, the Florida Trust spoke at a Planning & Zoning Board meeting advocating for the protection of the city's historic district. The P&Z Board voted at that meeting to reject plans for the store.

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 Florida Preservation Awards
We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Florida Preservation Awards. Help us recognize the people who are making a difference in protecting Florida's history and heritage by making a nomination.

Because we want to represent and celebrate preservation done by a broad and diverse community, our Board of Trustees is offering for the first time this year a limited number of scholarships to cover the nomination fee for individuals and organizations who many not have funds available for the fee without help. Learn more and apply.

Drive Awareness of an Endangered Historic Place: Nominate it for the 2018 Florida's 11 to Save
Call for Nominations are now open for the 2018 Florida's 11 to Save! Please share with us a place important to you that is threatened. Nominate now!

Sponsor the 2018 Florida Preservation Conference
Sponsoring the Florida Preservation Conference gains your organization visibility to preservationists from around the state, including architects, nonprofit organizations, engineers, community developers, planners and contractors. It's a great way to market your product or service, build credibility and grow awareness. Become a sponsor!

Do you have a story or update you wish to share with the Florida Trust community?   Let us know!
What a wonderful time of year! It is a time for reflection, remembrance and reconnecting. We have been focusing on that last one this year: reconnecting with you all, our community and preservationists around the state. This month we hosted our first Holiday Open House to kick off the holidays and showcase the Florida Trust House as a part of our community, we also held our first Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. This year we upgraded our Florida Trust Tree. We asked you to share holiday ornaments from a favorite historic spot, and you delivered! It has been a treat to learn more about these places and the people that made them possible.  Check out our album  to see them all. Thank you again for all you have done to protect Florida's history and heritage - we look forward to working with you in 2018!
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