FBCC proclaims May 2021 “National Preservation Month”

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
May 5, 2021

Pictured (l-r): Phyllis Davis, Executive Director, Amelia Island Museum of History; Lisa Finkelstein, Executive Director, Fernandina Beach Main Street; Adam Kaufman, President, Amelia Island Fernandina Restoration Foundation; Kelly Gibson, City Planning and Conservation Director; Mayor Mike Lednovich.

Fernandina Beach Mayor Mike Lednovich recognized the value of historic preservation and acknowledged the work of local groups that advance and promote both local history and historic preservation at the May 4, 2021 Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC).  He delivered a Proclamation emphasizing that preserving heritage is important to building strong communities.  He said, “Historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and development, revitalizing neighborhoods, energizing the economy, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability.”

Fernandina Beach is a ” Preserve America” community, and a Certified Local Government under the National Historic Preservation Act.

The Proclamation read in part:  “Fernandina Beach continues to demonstrate its commitment to preservation, as it grows and develops, through ongoing historic and archaeological surveys; the nomination of significant cultural structures and National Register of Historic Places; the protection of its traditional neighborhoods; the integration of historic elements with redevelopment; and the recognition, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties.”

City Planning and Conservation Director Kelly Gibson accepted the Proclamation, acknowledging the work of the Amelia Island Fernandina Restoration Foundation, Main Street Fernandina Beach and the Amelia Island Museum of History.

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