Nominate a Florida Preservation Project for an Award

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationThe Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2014 Call for Nominations for historic preservation awards, with a deadline for submitting nominations of March 7.

Those interested in nominating an individual or project for award recognition can view complete information on the 2014 Call for Nominations at the Florida Trust website or complete a nomination form at: http://floridatrust.org/forms/view.php?id=35

Each year the Florida Trust solicits nominations for outstanding examples of preservation of architectural, archaeological and cultural resources in Florida. The winners of awards in a variety of categories are announced and celebrated each year at the Florida Trust’s annual conference.

The Florida Trust also chooses individuals to receive the Carl Weinhardt Award and the Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award. The Carl Weinhardt Award is given to an individual to recognize his or her significant achievements and leadership in non-governmental state historic preservation arenas. The Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award is given to an individual whose life exemplifies the guardianship of Florida’s historic properties through philosophy and actions.

Brooksville History Events

Feel like getting out of town for a day? Try heading up ton Brooksville on February 16th for two historic events. The architecture and history of Brooksville will be on display at some wonderful historic homes.
HERNANDO HERITAGE DAY FESTIVAL
at the Historic May-Stringer House Museum
601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 9am-3pm
Come see the history of Hernando County
in the pre-Civil War Era, 1800-1860
Free admission

Sweetheart Home Tour

 Tour begins at the May-Stringer House Museum

601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 2:30pm

$15.00 donation, food included

The tour includes the Lovelace Home, also known as the St. Anthony Catholic Church built in 1908. The home boasts the original stained glass windows, and it’s warmth and beauty will be a delight. A wine tasting, presented by Brooksville’s own Brookstone Wines will be on site.

Guests will then be treated to a tour of Saxon Manor, currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens. The Manor house was built in 1876 by Frank Saxon for his bride Tulula Hope. The tour will enable you to see the loving process of restoring a historic home.

Sweethearttour

After the tour, you will be treated to a specially prepared dessert while you enjoy a short lecture entitled “The Language of the Fan.” Victoria Jimmerson, dressed in period costume, will delight you as she demonstrates the Victorian art of the fan. Fans will also be available for purchase for your special someone. All proceeds generated from this tour will fund historical state markers designating the Chocachatti Prairie as a significant historical landmark. You may reserve your ticket by calling 813-470-0085. Spaces are limited, so please respond quickly to this “Sweetheart of a Tour.”

For more info please see: http://www.hernandopreservation.bravehost.com/events.html

Cemetery Resource Protection Training

Tampa Preservation, Inc. is pleased to be co-hosting a workshop with the City of Tampa and Florida Public Archaeology Network on Preserving Historic Cemeteries and Human Burial Sites. The workshop will take place on November 9th, 2012 at the Metro 510 Life Center, 510 E. Harrison Street, Tampa from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Registration costs $15. For information, please contact Becky at rosulliv@usf.edu or (813) 396-2325.

Tampa Cemetary Workshop

 

Request to Demolish the Belleview Biltmore Hotel Submitted

Residents of the Town of Belleair are seeking help against the request to demolish the grand wood-framed 4-1/2 story hotel built for Henry Plant in 1896. Current owners want to demolish the hotel and guest cottages and build condominiums on the site. You can support area residents in their efforts to preserve this unique part of Florida’s history by attending the Tuesday January 17, 2011 Belleair Town Meeting at  7:30 p.m. at the Belleair Town Hall, 901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. If you are unable to attend the meeting, make your opinion known by sending emails to local officials (see contact info here). In addition, preservationists ask the following:

Unfortunately KAWA (the current owner) has absolutely no interest in restoring the hotel themselves and is currently trying to sell it since they bought it.   Currently KAWA has plans to build 180 townhomes after demolishing the Biltmore.  There is a long legal process including rescinding the 2005 preservation ordinance that would have to take place for this to happen, BUT the important fact is that Belleair officials need to know citizens STILL want the Biltmore saved.

If you know of any investors, developers, hoteliers or real estate companies to contact to purchase the hotel OR if you know of investors who might be willing to help other investors in the renovation process, let me know as soon as possible!  We have spent a lot of time writing to possible investors, but we need YOUR help also again at this time to help save the Biltmore since the current owners unfortunately have NO interest in renovating this magnificent hotel!

Please, please contact any realtor in your area or email them from the web and let them know the Biltmore is in urgent need of a buyer.  Mention our web site www.savethebiltmore.com so they can contact us.

Our goal would be to help put together a team of investors to save the hotel in case one buyer does not have sufficient investors for its renovation in these challenging economic times.

The hotel offers an opportunity for the area to have a unique destination that would be an economic boon to the town if the right investor steps forward. Additional way you can help are also found on the www.SavetheBiltmore.com website as well as some background history.

News story from the Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/article1209820.ece with some more information.

2012 Florida Trust Most Endangered Applications

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationKnow of a historic resource that we are in danger of losing through development pressure, demolition by neglect, or other means? Nominate it to the 2012 Florida Most Endangered list to help raise public awareness and hopefully save the resource. All applications are accepted online only.  The deadline for the Program Nominations is February 29, 2012. Tampa’s unprotected cigar factories have made past lists.

Promote Florida Heritage Tourism

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationThis year the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Florida Attractions Association, Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, the Florida Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Florida Association of Museums for Florida Tourism Day.

As you may know, the purpose of Florida Tourism Day is to educate the legislature, media and Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry and the rationale for public funding. It is the perfect day to let our lawmakers know just how vital tourism is to our state and how crucial it is for them to support Florida’s No. 1 industry.

Historic Preservation is a VITAL PART of Tourism.  The Florida Trust has a full day of visits planned for January 18th and NEEDS you to attend.

Please register today (deadline January 10th)! Meet with your colleagues from around the state, enjoy a CEO briefing and then visit your Legislators in their Tallahassee Offices. After your work is done – come to a “Street Party” on South Adams and enjoy the festivities.

Your participation is critical to educate and remind the legislators that historic preservation is an important component of Tourism and has a tremendous economic impact.

Tourism Day Registration Form and Tentative Schedule

For information on special lodging deals, contact the Florida Trust at 850-224-8128.