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PRESS RELEASE: Winners Announced for the Secretary of State’s 2022 Florida Main Street Awards


Last week, Secretary of State Cord Byrd announced the winners of the Secretary of State’s 2022 Florida Main Street Awards during the Preservation on Main Street Conference in DeLand. The annual awards program recognizes the innovative projects, people, organizations, and businesses in Florida’s 57 Main Street communities.  


“I am proud to recognize the success and achievement of this year’s award winners,” said Secretary Byrd. “Their efforts to promote economic development and historic preservation are crucial to revitalizing Florida’s historic downtowns and the communities they support.”


Image courtesy of MainStreet DeLand Association


Outstanding Local Florida Main Street Supporter

Excellence Awards — Karen Helsinger, Grand Central District Association of

St. Petersburg; and Kathy Scott, Okeechobee Main Street


Outstanding Private/Public Partnership

Excellence Award — Chipola College Tech Tribe, Main Street Marianna

Achievement Award — Downtown CRA Wayfinding Project, MainStreet DeLand Association


Outstanding Florida Main Street Rehabilitation Project

Excellence Award — Historic “Bank of Okeechobee” Building, Okeechobee Main Street


Outstanding Florida Main Street Public Improvement

Excellence Award — Crystal River Town Square Phase Two, Crystal River Main Street

Achievement Award — Student Art Banner Program, Main Street Wauchula


Outstanding Florida Main Street Sign/Display Project

Excellence Award — Historic Exhibit: “Journey to Freedom: The Odyssey of Abolitionist Moses Roper,” Apalachicola Main Street

Achievement Award — Mural at Hunter Kayaks & Manatee Tour and Dive, Crystal River Main Street


Outstanding New Construction Project

Excellence Award — Crystal River Splash Pad, Crystal River Main Street


Outstanding Florida Main Street Special Event

Excellence Award — Havana Plein Air Painting in the Shade, Havana Main Street

Achievement Award —Selfie Week, Main Street Wauchula


Outstanding Florida Main Street Image Campaign or Promotional Material

Excellence Award — Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne Main Street

Achievement Award — 2022 Events, Brooksville Main Street


Outstanding Florida Main Street Retail Sales Promotion

Excellence Award — Stroll Our Streets, MainStreet DeLand Association

Achievement Award — Downtown Bartow Activity Calendar, Main Street Bartow


Outstanding Florida Main Street Economic Vitality Program or Project 

Excellence Award — Entertainment District, St. Cloud Main Street

Achievement Award — In with the Old’s Tour BVL, Brooksville Main Street




Outstanding Florida Main Street Business of the Year

Excellence Awards — Johnson Equity Holdings, LLC, Main Street Marianna; and

1211 1st Avenue North, EDGE District of St. Petersburg

Achievement Award — The Saint Speakeasy, Grand Central Association of St. Petersburg

For more information on the MainStreet DeLand Association, visit or To learn more about the Florida Main Street program, visit or




About Florida Main Street

Florida Main Street is a program administered by the Division of Historical Resources under the Florida Department of State, which currently oversees 57 communities throughout the state. By implementing the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach, Florida Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation through the revitalization of Florida’s downtowns, cultural and heritage districts – the community’s heart and soul.