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It's Time to Take Action

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

For the first time this year, on Tuesday, February 14,

the Main Street Historic Tourism and Revitalization Act.

 

On Tuesday, February 14 at 1 p.m. EST, in the Toni Jennings Committee Room, 110 Senate Building, the Commerce and Tourism Senate Committee will meet to discuss Senate Bill 288,

the Main Street Historic Tourism and Revitalization Act. Introduced by Senator DiCeglie, SB 288 would make Florida the 38th state to have a state historic tax credit.


Senate Bill 288 creates a state tax credit that will revitalize Florida Main Street communities, support heritage tourism, create good paying jobs and bring vacant and underused historic buildings back to life.

The Florida tax credit would provide a tax credit of up to 20 percent of total eligible costs for rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. The Main Street Tourism and Historical Revitalization Act provides a tax credit of up to 30 percent of total eligible costs for rehabilitation of a certified historic within the official district boundaries of an active, certified Florida Main Street community.


It is essential that we gather as much support as possible. To do this, we are requesting that you please send an email requesting support of SB 288 to the senator in your district.

 

Your voices are so important.



A strong display of support from constituents across the state can be the difference between the success or the failure of a historic state tax credit in Florida.


Listed below are the names and corresponding districts of each member in the Commerce and Tourism Senate Committee. If you see your Senator, please share with them the importance and value a historic tax credit would have for Florida.


Read more about House Bill 499 and Senate Bill 288, and don't miss this blog post about our trip in Washington D.C., to meet directly with legislators and advocate for historic preservation!

 

Commerce and Tourism Committee Members:


District 8: Senator Tom A. Wright, Vice Chair

District 21: Senator Ed Hooper




 

The Next Steps...


First, call or email your state senator and ask them to sign on to Senator Nick DiCeglie’s Senate Bill 288 as a cosponsor. As we continue our advocacy efforts, we will be seeking bipartisan support through cosponsors. You can locate your state senator here.


Next, call or email your state representative and ask them to sign on to Representative Stark’s House Bill 499 as a cosponsor. As we continue our advocacy efforts, we will be seeking bipartisan support through cosponsors. You can locate your state representative here.

Last, reach out to any member of the Commerce and Tourism, Finance and Tax and Appropriations Committee and ask them to support SB 288.


 

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