Historic Apalachicola Main Street is proud to announce two Secretary of State 2015 Florida Main Street Honor Awards. These awards were presented on August 18, at the Florida Main Street annual conference in St. Petersburg. They were presented by Deputy Secretary of State Kerri Post and Coordinator of the Florida Main Street program, Ronni Wood, at the Vinoy Renaissance Golf Club.
A total of 13 Honor Awards were presented across four categories. Historic Apalachicola Main Street's Executive Director, Augusta West, accepted the honor award on behalf of the organization for Outstanding Special Event for the Independence Eve Fireworks Show.
"I'm so proud to be part of this group of truly dedicated people who work so hard to enhance our historic downtown. The fireworks show is an example of the great things we can accomplish for the community when we work together. This award also speaks to the power of the many volunteers, sponsors, and partners who make the event possible each year, especially our partnership with the city," West said.
Board Member Lynn Wilson accepted an honor award for Outstanding Business of the Year as owner of On the Waterfront Gallery. The award is in recognition of her $4.5 million worth of historic preservation projects in the Main Street district since the 1990s, including her gallery building, the CoombsMansion, the SpongeExchangeBuilding, the Montgomery building, and the cotton warehouse that is now home to the Center for History, Culture, and Art.
The awards program encourages and acknowledges local Main Street program accomplishments that advance the goals of the Florida Main Street program, which is a technical assistance program of the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation. This bureau conducts statewide programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, and preserving Florida's historic resources. Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy for achieving these goals in Florida's historic retail districts. Since 1985, the bureau has offered manager training, consultant team visits, design and other technical assistance, as well as the benefit of experience gained by other Florida Main Street programs. Apalachicola is one of 43 designated communities in the Florida Main Street program.