For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Contact: Mark Ard
Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee Announces Statewide Historic Preservation Survey
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announces that the Florida Division of Historical Resources is soliciting public input for Florida’s 2022-2026 Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan at flheritage.com/comp-plan.
“It is important that we hear from Florida residents and preservation professionals about their recent accomplishments and future goals for historic preservation in the Sunshine State,” said Secretary Laurel M. Lee. “This survey will allow everyone to contribute to the development and completion of our next five-year 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.
The U.S. National Park Service requires each state that participates in the federal historic preservation program to periodically update its comprehensive plan for historic preservation with input from citizens throughout the state. Florida’s current plan (2017-2021) discusses the state’s history, historical and cultural resources, and goals, objectives and strategies for all Floridians to participate in preserving the state’s heritage.
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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 flheritage.com.
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 flheritage.com/historical/preservation.