MELBOURNE FL—The Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD!) is proud to announce that it received two awards of honor at the Florida Main Street State Conference in St. Petersburg, FL, for Outstanding Membership Development and Outstanding Sign/Display Project. EGAD was awarded two of the 14 awards given at the annual Secretary of State Awards dinner at the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Resort in front of several hundred people including state dignitaries and other Florida main street programs from around the state. EGAD received their main street designation and first state award for their revival of the Founders’ Day Fish Fry in 2010.
Says Lisa Packard, EGAD executive director, “There is something about Eau Gallie that encourages great passion. From the residents who call it their hometown, even if they no longer live in their childhood homes, to the merchants who have managed successful businesses for 10-40 years when others would have given up, to the newcomers who are anxious to establish roots in the community, to the list of people we hear from every day who are looking for suitable business space, EGAD is blessed with passionate, talented visionaries who see the gem that is Eau Gallie. Successful businesses and developers, who are waiting for the right time to move in and invest heavily, are watching us. To them we say, ‘that time is now’.”
The Melbourne City Council recently announced changes to the zoning regulations that will further stimulate investment and development in Eau Gallie and enhance its competitiveness for new development opportunities.
Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program administered by the Florida Department of State in its Bureau of Historic Preservation. Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy in preserving historical architecture while revitalizing the central business district. Using the Main Street Four Point Approach of Design, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Restructuring, community volunteers, government and private enterprise work together to bring about desired improvements.
For further information, please contact Lisa Packard at (321) 574-2737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.