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Palmetto Beach Historic District Is Official!

Palmetto Beach Historic District Is Official!

On August 14, 2012, Palmetto Beach was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district is roughly bounded by Durham, 28th, Thrace, and 22nd Streets. As one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods, it’s exciting to have Palmetto Beach be officially recognized an important part of Tampa’s history. The neighborhood has a rich culture, and grew up around the streetcar line and cigar factories. This designation is a good sign that we are moving up in the ranks of “Cigar City.”

The district contains many “contributing buildings” which reflect the significance of the district as a whole, either because of historic associations or architectural qualities. Another key aspect of the contributing property is historic integrity. Listing in the National Register does not, in itself, impose any obligation on the property owner, or restrict the owner’s basic right to use and dispose of the property as he or she sees fit. It does, however, encourage the preservation of significant historic resources in three ways:

  1. by providing official recognition of the historic significance of the property and encouraging consideration of its historic value in future development planning,
  2. by imposing limited protection from activities involving funding, licensing, or assistance by Federal agencies that could result in damage or loss of its historic values, and
  3. by making the property eligible for Federal financial incentives in tax credits and grants for historic preservation.

If a property is a contributing resource in the district, it is already fully listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is given the same level of consideration as properties that are individually listed. Additional information about a property can be submitted to the Florida Master Site File, the statewide inventory of historical resources. To see if your property is a “contributing building” of the Palmetto Beach National Historic District, view the map here.

With community support, the historic district nomination process was initiated in conjunction with planning for the I-4/Selmon Connector in 2008. The Florida Department of Transportation prepared the nomination on our behalf, which contains quite detailed documentation. View the application here.

For more information about the National Register, visit Florida Heritage.

Read the Tampa Tribune article here.

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