The FRA is proud to share the 2023 Roy F. Kenzie Awards winners who were celebrated at the 2023 Conference and to acknowledge the exceptional accomplishments of city and county organizations and entities from across the state of Florida in the field of redevelopment and community enhancement.
Congratulations to the City of Groveland for their FRA Award for Capital Projects/Infrastructure for the “City of Groveland Dark Sky Initiative.”
From the Best Book, the City of Groveland explains, “Groveland recently became the first Dark Sky Community in Florida certified by DarkSky International. This achievement resulted from a three-year Dark-Sky Initiative that engaged residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to help protect the night sky. The city’s lighting ordinance includes a commitment to retrofit all city-owned lighting within five years. New decorative streetlights will revitalize downtown with minimal light pollution and a main street aesthetic. City staff reviews all development applications to ensure compliance with Dark-Sky standards. Groveland’s commitment to environmental preservation and community engagement inspires other local governments and communities to protect Florida’s night sky.”
Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) and development organizations serve as catalysts for the enhancement of cities and urban areas through redevelopment initiatives. These organizations are overseen by boards that are composed of five to seven members, separate from local governments. CRAs primarily focus on projects and plans that contribute to economic development, stimulate growth, and foster increased community engagement.
To see the 2023 FRA Best Book, visit https://redevelopment.
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