Registration # CH16296
June 13, 2011
Ms. Joan Jefferson, Coordinator
Florida Main Street Program
Bureau of Historic Preservation
R.A. Gray Building, Fourth Floor
500 South Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Dear Ms. Jefferson:
The High Springs Main Street program requests to be recognized by Florida Main Street as an inactive program on hiatus effective June 13, 2011 until a future date. While our decision was difficult to make, however, as a board, we realize that in order for us to be successful many challenges must be overcome to take the next step.
As a new Board, we look forward to these future challenges to determine if our program can once again be as successful as it has been in the past. We begin by inviting Ms. Jeanette Peters to our next board meeting to seek advice and direction. Ms. Peters was initially the driving force for the High Spring’s Main Street program and its past success.
We also realize that success comes only when the community you live supports you. At this time, it is one of our biggest challenges. To build community support, we will focus on our umbrella program, the Community Development Corporation, and its goals to begin restoring confidence with our local merchants and city government.
To ensure compliance with Main Street rules, we are in the process of changing our web and facebook page to no longer advertise “Main Street” in our small community. It will be our Board’s goal to ensure that when we are ready to resume our commitment to the Florida and National program guidelines, the letter of agreement which incorporates Chapter 1-A-36 Florida Main Street Program rules will be signed and the three year commitment for our community will be set on a course for success.
Kristina Young, Acting President CDC
Umbrella Corporation to High Springs Main Street Program
Visit High Springs and discover the charm of a small town lifestyle. The blending of yesteryear with present day convenience is a priceless asset to visitors and residents of the community.
Tucked away and surrounded by century old trees you will find historic homes, winding waterways, amazing under-water caves, biking paths, wildlife and nature sanctuaries, along your journey through the quaint North Central Florida City of High Springs. This area is home to the world's largest concentration of first magnitude springs where pure, crystal clear water, bubbles from the earth at a year-round temperature of 72 degrees. High Springs is an eco-tourist destination like no other place on earth!
Come experience the character and charm of our past, progress in motion today, our pristine flowing springs and rivers, browse our whimsical shops and discover our unique spirit.
High Springs has a retail core filled with shops that represent the best of small town hospitality from shopkeepers, merchants and residents. In addition to the established mercantile trade, there is retail and commercial space available for rent and for sale within the Main Street Program district.
Housing choices and home ownership opportunities abound. Options include numerous waterfront or water access sites to crystal clear rivers, gentlemen farmer acreage, safe neighborhoods, town homes and apartment selections within a walkable distance to our downtown.
Events throughout the year includes Pioneer Days which celebrate the rich history of the area, a weekly farmer’s market, fall festival, nighttime Christmas parade, summer sidewalk sales, and July Fireworks.
High Springs is located just minutes from I-75 and Highway 441. The University of Florida is only a twenty-minute drive away. Scenic tree covered roads and gentle rolling hills sprinkled with miles of white washed fences decorate country roads throughout the area.
Facilities include quaint bed and breakfasts, camping, hotels, restaurants, Florida’s oldest operating theater, a new BMX park and other unique amenities. Come to High Springs for a vacation or a lifetime and experience a small town reminiscent of an era gone, but not forgotten.