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Secretary Detzner Announces Statewide Historic Preservation Plan Regional Meetings

Tallahassee –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner is pleased to announce that a series of statewide public meetings will be held from February through May, 2016 to review progress made on the current Florida Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan and discuss goals and objectives for the next planning cycle.

“I am pleased to announce this series of statewide public meetings for the review of our statewide historic preservation plan,” said Secretary Detzner. “By looking at our accomplishments and future goals, Florida residents and the preservation community will have an opportunity to contribute to the development of the next five-year state plan for 2017-2021.”

Regional meetings are scheduled as for:

  • Manatee County (February 16, at the historic Carnegie library in Palmetto, 1-5 p.m.)

  • St. Petersburg (February 17, at the Domestic Sciences Building, 1-5 p.m.)

  • Kissimmee (February 23rd, at the Berlinsky Community Center, 1-5 p.m.)

  • Deland (February 25, at Museum of Art in the Fish Building, 1-5 p.m.)

  • Broward County (March 1, at the Long Key Nature Center, 1-5 p.m.)

  • West Palm Beach (March 3, at City Hall, Flagler Gallery Space, 1-5 p.m.)

  • DeFuniak Springs (March 9, at the Chautauqua Building, 1- 5 p.m.)

  • Lake City (March 15, at the County Commission Chambers, 1-5 p.m.)

  • Tallahassee (March 17, Mission San Luis, 1-5 p.m.)

The meetings will be led by staff from the Division of Historical Resources. Visit the Division of Historical Resourceswebsite for directions to the meetings and local contacts.

The U.S. National Park Service requires each state that participates in the federal historic preservation program to periodically renew and produce a comprehensive plan for historic preservation with the input of citizens throughout the state. Florida’s current plan discusses Florida history and its related historical resources.  It also presents goals, objectives and strategies for all Floridians to assist in preserving the state’s heritage. The current plan developed for 2012 – 2016 was developed with the input of hundreds of citizens who participated in public meetings and through an online survey.

Florida’s current Comprehensive Historic Preservation plan is available online at The 82-page full-color plan and executive summary is available on request from the Division of Historical Resources at 800.847.7278 or [email protected].   

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About the State Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan

Every five years the Division of Historical Resources revises the Florida Statewide Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, as required for Florida to remain a participant in the federal historic preservation program and to receive federal historic preservation funds. To be effective, the new plan must represent a broad base of public and professional input. Survey results will provide guidance and serve as the foundation for revising the plan.

About the Division of Historical Resources

The Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The director of DHR serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as a liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. Chapter 267, Florida Statutes, directs DHR to develop a statewide historic preservation plan. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus or major program areas: archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information visit

About the Bureau of Historic Preservation

The Bureau of Historic Preservation conducts historic preservation and folklife programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, preserving and interpreting the historic and cultural resources of the state. The Bureau manages a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida’s historic buildings and archaeological sites, and coordinates the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Main Street Program.  Under federal and state laws, the Bureau oversees the National Register of Historic Places program for Florida, maintains an inventory of the state's historical resources in the Florida Master Site File, assists applicants in federal tax benefit and local government ad valorem tax relief programs for historic buildings, and reviews the impact that development projects may have on significant historic resources. The Florida Folklife program identifies and promotes the state's traditional cultures, and coordinates folklife apprenticeship and award programs. For more information, visit