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Week Three of Session Wrap-Up

As week three comes to a close, the Florida Trust needs your help to protect Florida's history and heritage. Please pay special attention to our ask for the Local Regulation of Nonconforming or Unsafe Structures legislation.


Chalk Walk 2023 at the Florida Capitol in conjunction with Arts Advocacy Day

FY2024 Historic Preservation Special Category Grant List

Check out our FY2024 Historic Preservation Special Category Grant booklet and explore the 33 statewide projects that are requesting grant funding. The Florida Division of Historic Resources Historic Preservation Grant Program provides funding to preserve significant historic and archaeological resources, to assist major archaeological excavations or research projects and to assist in the development and fabrication of major museum exhibits that will promote knowledge and appreciation of the history of Florida.

Showing your support for Florida's historic places is easy! Simply reach out to your representatives and share with them how important providing for Florida's history is to you.

  1. Call or email your state representative and senator. Find their contact information here.

  2. If you'd like, copy and paste the preservation grant messaging and ask below.

Click here to view the preservation grant messaging and ask to send your state representative


Protect Florida's Abandoned Cemeteries

House Bill 49, Abandoned and Historic Cemeteries, moved favorably through its second committee stop in the House! It was unanimously voted in favor at the Infrastructure & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 21. Further, a crucial amendment was filed and adopted to the bill. The amendment, introduced by the bill's sponsor Representative Fentrice Driskell, attaches appropriations to the bill in order to establish and fund the Office of Historical Cemeteries and three full-time employees and provide $1 million in a grant program to communities who may need resources in upkeeping and maintaining cemeteries. The Infrastructure & Tourism Appropriations committee members expressed strong support of HB 49. Representative Dan Daley (D-96) provided Representative Driskell with a sincere remark, pointing out the power and importance of bipartisan support:

"I figured I would help make the comments today bipartisan. I just want to thank you, Representative Driskell, for all you have done. Over the last four years, I have watched you pour your heart and soul into this issue and into this bill for so many people. You have been a leader on this issue and I am proud to support it today."

Senate Bill 430 is waiting to be put on the Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. Please reach out to Senator Ed Hooper, the committee chair, and ask him to put this bill on the agenda!


State Historic Tax Credit

House Bill 499, The Main Street Historic Tourism and Revitalization Act, was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee and is still currently awaiting action. Please reach out to your local Representative, or any you may know, and encourage them to co-sponsor this bill. The more interest and support this bill receives from other lawmakers, the more likely it is for a State Historic Tax Credit to be promulgated. You can find your local Representative here.

Senate Committee on Community Affairs on 3/22/23

Senate Bill 288 is now in Appropriations and is waiting to be put on the agenda. Please contact Chairman Doug Broxson and urge him to agenda the bill. Further, don't forget to reach out to any member of the committee and request them to support this bill. You can find the list of the Appropriations Committee members, here.


Local Regulation of Nonconforming or Unsafe Structures

Senate Bill 1346, The Local Regulation of Nonconforming or Unsafe Structures, passed its

first committee stop on Wednesday, March 22 at the Community Affairs Committee, by a vote of 8 yeas and 1 nay. It is now waiting to be put on the Committee on Environmental and Natural Resource's agenda.

House Bill 1317, the Resiliency and Safe Structures Act, was voted on favorably at its first stop at the Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee. It now is waiting to be put on the Local Administration, Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee's agenda.

It is paramount that the appropriate amendments are filed to these bills. Both SB 1346 and HB 1317 received amendments that partially address our concerns for the sanctity of historic structures throughout the State. The amendments, as is, will only exempt structures individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places from demolition sanctioned by the bill. But, there is additional language that must be included to secure the intent of the amendment to preserve historic places.

PLEASE reach out to the bill sponsors and urge them to add the following additional language to the legislation before it's too late.

Suggested language for amendment:

3) QUALIFYING STRUCTURES AND BUILDINGS.-This section applies to all of the following structures, unless the structure is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places, located within a National Register Historic District, individually designated as a local historic site, located within a local historic district, within a Florida Main Street district,or is a single-family home:


Bill Sponsor

Next Committee Stop

Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee

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This Week's Bill Tracker

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