MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 7, 2014) – Manatee County is accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Board, a voluntary advisory board that approves and denies Certificates of Appropriateness on exterior renovations and demolitions of historical structures in an effort to preserve our community’s heritage. Through the COA process, the board also ensures protection of archeological sites throughout the County.
The Board will also make recommendations to the County Commission on the preservation, restoration, renovation, development and adaptive reuse of historical buildings and archaeological sites.
Manatee County is expected to become a Certified Local Government later this year, so the makeup of the Preservation Board is changing from seven to five members. With this initial appointment, two positions will be appointed for a two-year term, two for a three-year term and one to a four-year term. The initial appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2015.
The advisory board will meet a minimum of four times a year on the second Monday at 3 p.m. in the first floor chambers of Manatee County Administrative Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.
Eligible applicants must reside in Manatee County. Additional preference for appointment will be given to applicants who are professional members from fields such as architecture, folklore, cultural anthropology, archaeology, conservation, landscape architecture, historic preservation or related disciplines.
As a Certified Local Government (CLG), local cultural and historic resources, significant to the history of Manatee County, may be granted a locally significant historic landmark designation. The designation provides protection to those sites worthy of preservation. Any exterior improvements/renovations would require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Applications are due Oct. 31 and may be found at www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards
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