Call to Action: Florida’s Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan is Up For Reveiw

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Many folks are familiar with comprehensive plans. Most communities guide their development and infrastructure planning based on information provided in these documents. But are you aware that the State of Florida has a comprehensive plan dedicated to the planning for historic preservation of our state’s cultural resources? As you can imagine, any comprehensive plan requires updating on a regular basis in order to reflect the most recent concerns and planning issues. The Florida Division of Historical Resources, within the Florida Department of State, is seeking public input for the latest update to the Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan. The Division Director, otherwise known as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) directs the Division of Historical Resources to cooperate with state, federal and local agencies and governments, as well as private organizations and individuals to conduct a comprehensive statewide survey of Florida’s historic resources, to maintain an inventory of these resources and to develop a statewide historic preservation plan.

The comprehensive plan provides guidance for the implementation of sound planning procedures for the location, identification, and protection of the state’s cultural resources. As part of this process, the state is requesting your input. You may attend one of the meetings that will be held around the state and you can also provide feedback by completing an online survey. The survey only takes approximately ten minutes and your input will contribute greatly towards preservation planning and protection of our state’s resources. This also ties in with the year-long Preservation 50 celebration, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act on October 15, 1966. comp plan meetings 001