Tallahassee – Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd announced today, March 15 as this year’s Florida Main Street Day to celebrate and recognize the continued achievements and accomplishments of participating Florida Main Street communities.
Florida Main Street Day is an annual opportunity to visit elected officials at the Florida State Capitol, and representatives from Main Street Fernandina Beach will be there.
“Our Main Street communities have proven to be valued community partners throughout the past year, supporting their districts in times of adversity and blessings, and I am happy to recognize this year’s Florida Main Street Day,” said Secretary Byrd. “Our Main Street communities have shown significant dedication and perseverance over the past year. I look forward to their continued successes.”
Since 1985, Florida Main Street has worked with more than 100 communities to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation through the revitalization of Florida’s downtowns – the community’s heart and soul. At this time, Florida Main Street currently oversees 57 participating communities, including Fernandina Beach Main Street.
“Fernandina Beach Main Street is an engine that drives and preserves a vibrant, business-friendly historic community that is a destination for all,” said Lisa Finkelstein, Executive Director of Fernandina Beach Main Street.
Fernandina Beach Main Street became a participating Florida Main Street community in 2015. In 2022 alone, Fernandina Beach Main Street reported more than $5.5 million in combined public and private investments, 14 net new businesses, and more than 2,400 volunteer hours. In addition, Fernandina Beach Main Street was able to update wayfinding signage, serve as a vital link between our business community and local government, and put on 10 events designed to promote the historic downtown and Eighth Street businesses.