Florida has a deep, rich history as wild and vivid as the lush vegetation and uncontrolled waters that once covered the peninsula. Just like the natural environment, many of Florida’s historical features have given way to development, weather, and growth. However, from the forts of Pensacola or St. Augustine to the quaint structures of the Keys, from rural cracker farmsteads and restored Victorian neighborhoods to the mansions of the Gilded Age or the art deco and mid-century modern buildings of South Florida, this State contains a rich and exciting heritage. Its past is reflected by its architecture – all the courthouses, churches, shipwrecks, lighthouses, and other beloved historic structures that make this place special. Today, thanks to concerned citizens and business leaders, working in partnership with local and state governments, Florida continues to offer its citizens and visitors alike the chance to experience the adventures and memories of the past alongside the escapes and everyday life of the present. With an eye to maintaining its historic treasures, the State of Florida – and its local government and private partners – invests millions of dollars annually in preserving that history for future generations to enjoy, study, and embrace. This study shows how those investments have a widespread impact in real dollars and presents a snapshot of some successes that preserve Florida’s past for future generations. This executive summary presents the stories of the people and events that gave these places significance yesterday, being told by the people who give them value today. The value of the stories can be measured in actual dollars brought into the state and local community in revitalized down- towns and neighborhoods. The value also can be a memory, a monument, or a tradition.
Executive Summary: Economic impacts of Historic Perseveration in Florida
McLendon, T., Klein, J., Listokin, D., & Lahr, M. (2010). Executive Summary: Economic impacts of Historic Perseveration in Florida. Center for Urban Policy Research and Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.