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DeLand takes home three MainStreet awards
posted Sep 26, 2013 - 11:19:38am
Three Secretary of State Florida MainStreet Awards made their way back to DeLand after last week’s annual Florida MainStreet Conference in Vilano Beach.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner awarded Sandy Chavez of Lace & Accessories with an honor award for Outstanding Local Florida MainStreet Program Supporter for her longtime support of the MainStreet DeLand Association as a member, board member, volunteer and organizer of the craft portion of the DeLand Craft & Quilt Show.
Café da Vinci owners Dan and Melisa Reed and Mark Dam left with an honor award for Florida MainStreet Business of the Year for their improvements to the Café da Vinci property and the support they give the MainStreet DeLand Association though facility and staff support for events such as the DeLand Craft Beer Festival, “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Festival and BarCamp DeLand.
The City of DeLand received a merit award for Outstanding Florida MainStreet Public Improvement for the West New York Avenue Streetscape. Completed in the spring of 2013, the project was intended to create continuity between Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue, create a linkage to business and government offices, improve accessibility for persons with disabilities and create a gateway corridor along State Road 44. The project included the installation of new sidewalks, landscaping, lighting and other improvements.
The Florida MainStreet program and Secretary Detzner also recognized staff member Virginia Poczik for her 20 years of service and dedication to the MainStreet DeLand Association.
The Secretary’s awards are based on the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Florida MainStreet Awards Committee. The awards serve to encourage and acknowledge local MainStreet Program accomplishments that advance the goals of the Florida MainStreet Program.
MainStreet is a nationally proven approach to preservation based commercial district economic development. There are currently 40 MainStreet communities in Florida. The mission of MainStreet DeLand Association is to support and enhance the continuing economic development of Downtown DeLand while protecting its historic heritage.
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