Main Street Fort Pierce, which led a 20-year municipal campaign to revitalize its historic downtown, just saw those efforts rewarded a few days ago. Fort Pierce was recognized with the Great American Main Street Award at the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
This prestigious award recognizes a community or organization's adherence to principles of historic preservation and development. Among these principles, which must occur over an extended period of time, are:
- Adoption of Main Street Four Point Approach®
- Broad-based community support
- Public-private partnerships
- Innovative solutions to significant problems
- Commitment to historic preservation
- Successful small business development.
Led by the energetic Doris Tillman, Main Street Fort Pierce was an idea that began with the refurbishment of the Sunrise Theatre. That venue, an Art Deco jewel, has led the revitalization of the entire downtown, a true Main Street with 60 shops, restaurants and small businesses.
Throughout the year, Main Street Fort Pierce organizes a variety of events: Friday Fests, farmers' markets, the Sights and Sounds Christmas festival and parade, the Sandy Shoes festival and parade, the Fourth of July fireworks, bike nights, classic car shows, coffees with the mayor and art festivals.
Doris, who I met last year when I filmed this video, has a vision and the ability to move people to take action. And this isn't the first recognition of the Main Street's team. A few years ago, Fort Pierce received the 2005 City of Excellence Award from the Florida League of Cities.
Congratulations to Doris and everyone involved in Fort Pierce's designation as a Great American Main Street!