Archive for January, 2014

Plaque Signs: The Choice of the National Register of Historic Places

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

historic plaque signsThe journey to becoming a nationally recognized historic site begins at the National Register of Historic Places, the agency that determines if a landmark or location deserves to be so called.   The National Register lists the buildings, sites, structures, districts and even objects that have been deemed significant in American culture, archaeology, history, engineering, architecture, and culture.  These locations also bear the distinction of being so honored because of their contribution to their community, state, and/or the nation.  And no doubt local residents feel a special pride when they notice that a part of their lives that they may have loved and believed to be iconic has been acknowledged in this very public way.

In terms of how a property or location becomes a national historic place, it is nominated by a public agency, if it is owned or controlled by the United States government or by Tribal Historic Preservation Officers for properties located on Tribal grounds.  For private properties, individuals and organizations can nominate them, as well as local governments.   From there, the professional review board of the resident state evaluates the proposed property and makes a recommendation on its eligibility.

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New Signage to Make a Big Impression in Florida

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

florida welcome signFlorida senator Aaron Bean wants his state to make a better impression – and rightly so.  Even though Florida has consistently been the number one destination for those traveling by car in the U.S., the senator (as well as the state’s Department of Transportation) thinks the sign welcoming people to it is, well, sort of unwelcoming.  Compared to South Carolina, which is “extremely stately” according to Bean, the sign people see when they enter Florida’s state line is “piddly”.

After hitting the 90 million visitors mark in 2013, Florida’s chomping at the bit to hit 100 million this year, especially since half of those folks will cross the border in some sort of vehicle.  In a fortuitous coup, a plan that will create epic archways that tower over palm trees and landscaping that screams “The Sunshine State”, will be placed at two key locations (Interstate 75 and Interstate 95), and is getting the green light, thanks to $2.8 million in funding from the DOT District.

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