This week we explore the beautiful ways Floridians are preserving the historic structures in our area. We'll go inside an 18th century Italian theatre, that has called Sarasota "home" for over 50 years. And we'll head to Polk county for a trip down memory lane, where Elvis Presley and Judy Garland were known to stop by. Then Larry Elliston takes us back to St. Petersburg's "yesteryear" to show us how what's old is new again.
Occasionally, we hear about a building under dispute because it has historic value to some people but another group of people wants to tear it down. The Belleview Biltmore and Sarasota's Riverview High School are two recent examples - one was saved, the other will soon be gone. But the question remains: why does historic preservation matter?
Listen to an expanded version of our conversation with Lisa Shasteen about the Floridan Hotel in downtown Tampa. (12:04)
Lisa Shasteen encourages anyone with memories or photographs of the Floridan in its heyday to share them with the owners. (0:28)
Listen to Linda Saul-Sena describe the city's role in historic preservation in Tampa as well as the new "demolition by neglect" ordinance the city council recently enacted. (1:24)
Listen to Trent Green explain why it's difficult to adapt Tampa's historic cigar factories to new uses. (1:12)
Listen to Linda Saul-Sena explain why the I-4 widening project by the Department of Transportation demonstrated good government action to save historic structures. (0:49)
Listen to Lorrie Muldowney outline how local laws in Sarasota make allowances for classifying newer buildings as historic structures as well as the impact a historic designation can have on an owner's responsibilities for hurricane-proofing the building. (1:10)
Listen to Lorrie Muldowney explain the role of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. (1:25)
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