Florida Southern College to build Wright design

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D. Shawn Beckwith
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Watson-Fine building

Post by D. Shawn Beckwith »

I wanted to inform the Forum regarding some promising news for the on going efforts at Florida Southern.

I had the honor of being one of the six panelists to review the State of Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation small matching grant- in-aid- applications for the 2011 State budget.

The panel ranked the application for the Watson-Fine building number one (1 out of 61) for the 50K match grant in aid. From my view point due to their continued national and international exposure promoting Florida, being an educational facility and continued public awareness to promote heritage tourism to assist the Florida economy prompted my high score.

This is where your help is needed my distinguished colleagues and FLW enthusiasts.

Governor Crist has suggested to fund 250K the FL Senate 650K and the Fl House 0( zero) for the 2011 State budget. It is not a done deal that Historic preservation grant in aid program will continue in Florida unless we inform our representatives that it is a needed line item in the budget. Job Creation, increases education, drives tourism, Florida Southern promotes extremely well. So it is a win-win.

So if your from Florida and participate in this Forum please contact your Fl. Senator and FL House Rep and pitch supporting The Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation grant in aid program for Historic Preservation. The State has ceased funding for the Special Category grants for the past two years. The legislature has only funded minimally the Small-matching grants all the while the State wide irreplaceable assets are suffering.

Also the 2 million is for a 1920 Sear Bungalow restoration and the New Usonian per the article in the Chronicle.

http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Florida-S ... sid=pm&utm source=pm&utm medium=en

D. Shawn Beckwith
The Durable Restoration Company
Restoration Project Manager The Burton J. Westcott House
www.DurableRestoration.com
www.Westcotthouse.org

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