Florida Main Street


Florida Main Street

We're revitalizing historic downtowns for the betterment of Florida's local communities!

If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then the above photo is worth over $2.2 billion. Yes, that's right $2.2 billion—the amount of private and public money reinvested in Florida Main Street communities since 1985 when the Florida Main Street Program was established (see reinvestment statistics).

Throughout the state of Florida, many town are discovering that the Main Street approach can bring about dramatic positive change downtown. Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic Preservation.

What is Florida Main Street?

Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program administered by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, for traditional historic commercial corridors.

The 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 in achieving these goals in Florida's historic retail districts.

Why Main Streets Matter

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. Main Street communities receive up to three years of technical assistance from the Bureau.

Florida Main Street is a self-help program. The Bureau of Historic Preservation supplies technical assistance, but the credit and responsibility for success rests with the many community leaders who offer their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to revitalizing downtown.

Florida Main Street is incremental. Using the Main Street Four Point Approach, community leader's work together to bring about many small but positive improvements downtown. Together, these improvements revitalize the downtown.

Main Street Contact:

Ronni Wood
Florida Main Street Coordinator
Phone: 850.245.6345

Katherina Paliwoda
Program Assistant
Phone: 850.245.6346

Florida Main Street
Bureau of Historic Preservation
R.A. Gray Building, Fourth Floor
500 South Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250