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Looking Ahead to 2022-2026

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.

We are currently soliciting input for the upcoming 2022-2026 plan with an online survey that can be accessed here:

Survey results will provide guidance and serve as the foundation for revising the plan.

The survey will be live until 12:00 p.m. EST on August 16, 2021.

The 2017-2021 Comprehensive Plan

Since the National Historic Preservation Act was passed in 1966, Florida’s historic preservation movement has made significant progress. With fifty years of hindsight, the 2017-2021 Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan provides an opportunity to commemorate preservation successes in Florida, highlight the important role that preservation plans in economic development and revitalization, and outline a forward-thinking plan for the future of historic preservation in Florida. As one of the most culturally and economically diverse of the United States, Florida has a unique opportunity to demonstrate how appreciation and preservation of a rich past can form part of a foundation for an economically and culturally dynamic future.

Although they form the backbone of what we do as preservation advocates, an appreciation of the past and vision for the future are not entirely sufficient to maintain historic preservation as a sustainable movement. Our recognition of significant elements of shared history must be diverse and inclusive, and our vision must be innovative and appealing to a younger generation who value history and preservation differently than their predecessors. As a movement, historic preservation must reach out in new ways, using new technology, and with a vocabulary that speaks to traditional stakeholders, those newly engaged in preservation, and especially younger and successive generations. Preservation must, in other words, step into an ever-broadening and diversifying Florida, United States, and world.

The 2017-2021 Statewide Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan is not meant to be a prescriptive or limiting set of rules for the Florida Division of Historical Resources or for Florida’s stakeholders and partners in preservation. Instead, this document should serve both as an introduction and invitation to the world of historic preservation, and on another level it should provide a robust set of goals and recommendations for those already interested and invested in preservation efforts. Historic Preservation in Florida should reflect our state’s constituency – diverse, multi-cultural, and growing – and should at the same time remain grounded in tradition and the appreciation of the past that supports education, economic growth, and the transformational community benefits of a historic preservation ethic.


The Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State prepared this document in accordance with National Park Service Requirements for states to participate in the National Historic Preservation Program, and in accordance with state requirements that the Division of Historical Resources develop a comprehensive statewide preservation plan (Chapter 267.031(5)(b), Florida Statutes).

This publication has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.

This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240.