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It’s official: Fernandina Beach named Florida Main Street Community

On August 25, 2015, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the designation of Crystal River and Fernandina Beach as Florida Main Street communities. Main Street designation offers a comprehensive strategy from the statewide Florida Main Street Program to support local revitalization and historic preservation efforts. “As the Florida Main Street Program celebrates its 30th…

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California Senate approves bill to revive Kelo-style redevelopment

California has moved one step closer to the return of redevelopment and the controversial power to seize private property through eminent domain. The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would give local governments the power to create new entities, known as community revitalization authorities, to stimulate economically-depressed or crime-ridden areas. Assembly Bill 2 would grant these new…

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Tri-Rail chief says downtown Miami link is ‘going to happen’

Despite lingering questions about funding, Tri-Rail trains are expected to begin operating between downtown Miami and Palm Beach County by 2017, the commuter rail service’s chief said Wednesday. “It’s going to happen,” said Jack Stephens, executive director of Broward-based South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, SFRTA. “We’re looking at having it operational in the first or…

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Developer’s high-rise atop historic Miami church is approved

Miami isn’t losing Biscayne Boulevard’s grand Christian Science church — it’s gaining a mixed-use high-rise tower. On Tuesday, Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board voted during an unusual and a somewhat testy hearing to approve one of the most uniquely designed towers in the city’s history. They designated the shuttered First Church of Christ, Scientist,…

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