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Posted: October 23, 2014
Florida Trust Urges Floridians to Vote YES on Amendment 1

by Clay Henderson, Vice-President, New Smyrna Beach

On election day Florida voters have an opportunity to create a lasting legacy of what is special about our state. Amendment 1, the Water and Land Legacy Initiative, has the potential to do so much to protect special places, secure clean fresh water, and protect our heritage. The amendment proposes to dedicate a portion of an existing tax for land and water conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation.

For more than 20 years, programs such as Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever gave us the tools to expand our Florida State Parks, protect historical sites, conserve habitat for rare species, and provide outdoor recreational opportunities for Floridian and visitors alike. Unfortunately, the Legislature failed to adequately fund these programs over the last few years. That is why nearly one million Floridians signed a petition to place Amendment 1 on the November ballot.

That is also the reason that the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, in August 2013, endorsed the initiative and has been working ever since to communicate the importance of Amendment 1. We are pleased to join with the Florida League of Women Voters, and Florida’s major conservation organizations in this campaign.

Amendment 1 will provide new funding for a range of historic preservation projects. This is very important for preserving our heritage, providing opportunities for heritage tourism, and protecting the special character of many of Florida’s historic communities. Historic preservation has provided significant opportunities for economic development across the state. A recent study by the University of Florida showed over a $6 billion annual impact from historic preservation.

Under programs such as Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, over 818 archaeological or historic sites were protected, including the Miami Circle; Tallahassee’s DeSoto Encampment Site, The Grove, and Mission San Luis; Tampa’s Fort Brook Park; Apalachicola’s historic waterfront; Princess Place in Flagler County; Deering Estate Cutler Ridge/Miami; Nassau County’s American Beach Historic Park; and the ancient mounds at Volusia County’s Spruce Creek.

One of the most successful programs was the Florida Communities Trust, which provided grants to local governments to secure locally important projects. Some examples of the lengthy list of Florida Communities Trust historic preservation projects include the following:

  • Jones’s Pier in Indian River County, an historic home site along the Jungle Trail that once served as a tourist destination, farm-to-market transportation of citrus and tropical fruits, and commercial fishing
  • The expansion of Fort Mose State Park in St. Johns County, site of the first free-black settlement in the United States
  • The fourth phase of the Cypress Creek Natural Area in Palm Beach County, which contains a portion of the Seminole War-era Loxahatchee Battlefield
  • Kroegel Homestead in Indian River County, home of Paul Kroegel, champion of the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and first wildlife warden at the very first national wildlife refuge
  • The 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse in Manatee County, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Fort King site in Ocala, headquarters of Second Seminole War operations and now a National Historic Landmark

Unfortunately, there has been no state funding for acquisition in the last several years. Several projects deemed Critical Historic Resources are in need of funding in order to preserve them. Without funding for historic preservation, these cultural resources will be lost forever.

Amendment 1 dedicates funding from an already existing tax for land acquisition, improvement, restoration, and management of water projects, conservation lands, and historic preservation. No new taxes are involved. This is the same source that was used for the Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever programs. The Florida Legislature will then pass implementation language that will describe how the funds will be allocated and processes to be followed by particular agencies charged with responsibilities relating to the legislation.

Once voters ratify this amendment, it will be a lasting legacy for Florida for years to come. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation urges Florida voters to vote YES on Amendment 1.

Posted: September 28, 2014
Historic Places/Modern Spaces: Preservation in Greater Miami

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2015 annual conference, the 37th annual conference of the organization. The 2015 conference will take place in Miami, Florida May 7-9, 2015, and will feature workshops, local tours, and special events in the bustling historic downtown of Miami.

Conference registration will begin early in 2015. Watch for announcements on the Florida Trust website. Members of the Florida Trust will receive Save the Date and other conference information via USPS mail.

The conference hotel will be the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, where we will enjoy a comprehensive renovation, beautiful views of Biscayne Bay and the city, and a deeply discounted room rate in the Florida Trust room block. Hotel information will be posted soon.

Become a Sponsor
The Florida Trust is always grateful for the financial support of our generous sponsors. Find out how you can become a sponsor of the 2015 annual conference

Keynote Speaker Jorge L. Hernandez
The Florida Trust is pleased to announce the conference keynote speaker, Jorge L. Hernandez.

Jorge L. Hernandez is a professor and practitioner of Architecture. He was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1956 and immigrated to Miami in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami in 1980 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1985, where he studied design and architectural history. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1985 and since 1987, has been a professor of Architecture at the University of Miami.

Jorge has lectured in Europe and the United States, has taught for the Prince of Wales School of Architecture, and has participated in numerous international symposia and conferences. His work has been published in the United States, South America, and Europe in various books and journals. In 1996, he was selected to be one of 40 architects featured in that decade’s 40 Under 40, and he collaborated with Vincent Scully on a book entitled Between Two Towers: The Drawings of the School of Miami. In 2002, Kliczkowski Publishers issued a monograph entitled Casas/Houses: Jorge L. Hernandez.

His firm, Jorge L. Hernandez Architect PA (JLH Architect), founded in 1987, has an extensive portfolio of restoration and residential work.

Jorge has served on numerous national, state, and local boards and agencies. He is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Trustee and Second Vice President of Dade Heritage Trust, and a member of the Florida State Historic Marker Council. He has served as Chair of the City of Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board, Chair of the State of Florida Preservation Advisory Council, Vice-Chair of the Florida Historical Commission, and as Trustee of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

His professional and research interests lie at the juncture between residential, civic and landscape architecture, with particular focus on the preservation of American vernacular and classical architecture. Most recently, he is championing the designation and preservation of civil rights, women’s rights, and Hispanic monuments and sites in Florida, advancing the understanding of preservation and sustainable design, and advocating for the preservation of the recent past.

Posted: July 18, 2014
2014 Annual Conference Evaluation-The Trust Wants Your Feedback

Each year following the annual conference, the Florida Trust collects evaluation surveys from conference attendees to measure experiences with workshops, tours, speakers, event venues, as well as to collect ideas for future conferences. This form was included in your onsite check-in envelope, but may have been overlooked.

If you attended the 2014 conference in Tampa, “Minarets to Mid-Century Modern,” the Florida Trust would like to hear about your experience. The evaluation form below can be used share information about the conference itself as well as heritage tourism information such as dollars spent, room nights in hotels, and other similar data. The form also includes space for your thoughts for future conferences, including the 2015 annual conference in Miami May 7-9, 2015.

Please download the form, complete it, and then return to us by either email attachment or surface mail. Please return by August 8 so that your input can be included.


2014 Conference Evaluation Survey

Posted: July 02, 2014
37th Annual Conference to be held in Miami May 6-9, 2015

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces the dates of its 37th annual conference, to be held in Miami May 6-9, 2015. This is a one-time departure from the traditional timing of the conference, which is historically the week following Mother’s Day. Watch the Florida Trust website for more announcements as hotel and lodging, keynote speaker, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information is made available.

Posted: June 03, 2014
Photos from 2014 Conference Are Available!

Photos taken during the 2014 annual conference are available for viewing and downloading. Photographer Jeremy Scott has posted photos, which will be available online for one year. You may access the photos by clicking here

Photos depict activities during the Annual Meeting Luncheon, Opening Reception, Awards Ceremony and Awards Reception. You’ll see both the cheerful faces of conference participants as well as the interesting venues for each event.

If used for publication, the photos must be credited to Jeremy Scott Photography

For more information about photos, contact the Florida Trust offices at 850-224-8128.

Posted: April 02, 2014
Record Level of Sponsorship Support for 2014 Conference in Tampa

The annual conference that is presented by the Florida Trust each year would not be possible without the support of sponsors who help the organization put forward the very best workshops, tours and conference activities for our attendees. A conference is a costly undertaking for a non-profit, so sponsorships are necessary in order to offer a high-quality experience for conference participants.

This year’s conference “Minarets to Mid-Century Modern: Preservation in Tampa Bay” has drawn the highest level, both in numbers of sponsors as well as financial value of sponsorships, in the history of the organization.

The Florida Trust is proud to announce the sponsors of the 36th Annual Conference. The sponsors of the Trust’s 2014 conference, to be held in Tampa May 15-17, are listed here.

The Florida Trust extends its deepest appreciation to these fine individuals, businesses and organizations, many of whom support our conference year after year. We couldn’t do it without you!

Posted: March 14, 2014
Record Number of Preservation Awards Nominations Received!

The Florida Trust received a record number of nominations for its 2014 Preservation Awards program. When the deadline of March 7 passed and the nomination cycle closed, nominations for thirty-five projects and individuals were received.

Responding to a Call for Nominations issued earlier in 2014, nominators forwarded exceptional examples of projects and individuals in communities across Florida. The nominations were submitted in the following categories: Restoration/Rehabilitation; Adaptive Use; Infill Design; Green Buildings; Archaeology; Historic Landscape; Preservation Education/Media; Organizational Achievement; Master Craftsman Award; and Individual Distinguished Service.

The awards jury, comprised of three Trustees of the Florida Trust and four non-Trustee members, will consider, evaluate and determine award status of each submission.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Preservation Awards Ceremony that will be held in conjunction the 2014 annual conference in Tampa – Minarets to Mid-Century Modern: Preservation in Tampa Bay. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Tampa Theatre. Built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces, the Tampa Theatre today serves an important community landmark. Designed by famed theater architect John Eberson, it is a superior example of his “atmospheric” style of design. The Tampa Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The Awards Ceremony will be followed by a reception at The Vault, an adaptively-used former bank building. Tickets are required for the reception.

Interested in registering for the conference? You can register online here

Posted: February 10, 2014
Deadlines Extended for 2014 Preservation Awards and Most Endangered Nominations

The Florida Trust has extended the deadline for receiving nominations for the 2014 Preservation Awards and the 2014 Most Endangered programs. The February 28 deadline has been extended to March 7.

Nominations for Awards can be submitted using the processes described in the Call for Nominations for Preservation Awards here.

Nominations for Most Endangered Historic Sites can be submitted using the processes described in the Call for Nominations for Eleven Most Endangered 2014 described here.

Nominations received after March 7 will not be considered during this cycle.

Posted: February 10, 2014
Florida Trust to Sponsor 2014 People-to-People Trips to Havana and Cuban Countryside
Capitol dome looking down side street

Immerse yourself in the history, culture, the people, and the architectural riches on a People-to-People exchange trip to Cuba.

Building on the success of a trip to Havana in October of 2013, the Florida Trust will sponsor two trips in October of 2014. Both trips will focus on the historic architecture from the Spanish Colonial period to mid-twentieth century, the many shared architectural influences between Cuba and Florida, and the importance of embracing international historic preservation values.

These trips are designed to provide meaningful exchanges on Cuba’s colonial heritage, interiors, restoration efforts, the jewels of modern architecture to 1959, efforts during the post-Revolution period of the 1960s and 1970s, and more. We will meet and tour with the dedicated preservationists working hard to preserve resources and show support for their efforts.

Trips are scheduled for October 5-11 for the Havana trip and October 12-20 for the Havana-Cienfuegos-Trinidad de Cuba trip. Travelers will receive a one-year membership in the Florida Trust at the Advocate level as a part of their trip costs.

The Florida Trust is a registered provider of continuing education with the American Institute of Architects. Continuing education credits will be offered through the AIA.

A complete itinerary for each trip with costs, and traveler reservation form may be downloaded from this page. Please contact Anne Peery at 850-224-8128 or for more information.


2014 Florida Trust Havana Trip Oct 5-11
2014 Florida Trust Havana-Trinidad- Trip Oct 12-20
2014 Cuba Traveler Reservation Form

Posted: February 07, 2014
Eleven Most Endangered - Call for Nominations 2014

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2013 Most Endangered Historic Sites in Florida is February 28, 2014. UPDATE: The deadline for receiving nominations has been extended to March 7.

Each year, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces Florida’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites as part of the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The Most Endangered Historic Sites program is designed to increase the public’s awareness of the urgent need to save Florida’s neglected or threatened historic resources. We do that to empower local preservationists and preservation groups in their efforts to preserve Florida’s rich history.

The 2014 Eleven Most Endangered Sites will be announced on May 15, 2014, at the Opening Session of the Florida Trust’s 36th Anniversary Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Nomination Form