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St. Pete City Council sort of approves changes to its local historic designation ordinance … at 1:30 a.m.

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St. Pete City Council narrowly approved an effort to make historic designation of local neighborhoods just a little bit easier, but not before hours of public comment and deliberation. Councilmembers approved changing the current threshold to kick off the process to designate a neighborhood a local historic district from 2/3 of all homeowners to 50 percent plus one of all homeowners. Under the current ordinance those owners who choose not to vote are automatically considered no votes. Supporters of the…

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Esteemed preservation expert Donovan Rypkema touts local historic districts in St. Pete

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St. Pete Preservation supporters packed the St. Pete Museum of History’s ballroom Monday night to hear from a national expert on local historic designations. The group is embroiled in an effort to make the process of designating neighborhoods as local historic districts easier and is fighting back fierce opposition. Donovan Rypkema is a writer and preservation expert. He’s in town to present recent findings of a Main Street study. Main Street districts overlap a great deal with local historic designation.…

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Emails show overwhelming opposition for loosened historic designation changes

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Things aren’t looking good for preservationists hoping to make it easier for neighborhoods to obtain historic designation. Based on an analysis of nearly 450 emails sent to city staff, Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council over the past four months, opposition to an effort to change the way historic designation is obtained far exceeds support. Of the emails sent, more than 300 were to voice opposition for an ordinance change that would scale back the current 2/3 vote requirement among…

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