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Culture, Arts & Historic Preservation Community Meeting
August 20, 2009 Meeting Notes

The following are key points of discussion during the 8/20/09 visioning meeting. They are fairly specific rather than broad areas of concern. The responses are intended to focus efforts in the future on these issues and programs.

  • Develop a sense of place and community
  • Make better use of existing resources, cultural and recreational
  • Consider dedicating a section of Hwy 90 as Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd
  • Attempt to obtain access to Storey’s Landing
  • Preservation of historical sites
  • Upgrade or construct an auditorium for Chautauqua
  • Create a uniform system of signage/historic markers for the various sites, both private and public owned
  • Develop and utilize a “Community Brand” to help market the county and communities
  • Use the various forms of electronic communication to better reach and educate visitors, the younger generations, and potential residents
  • Increase inter-generational activities
  • Assist the City of DeFuniak Springs in upgrading the downtown areas, streetscapes, and street furniture
  • Record the history of the communities impacted by the Eglin Reservation develop a oral history project/program to record family and community histories
  • Increase space to exhibiting and storing historic artifacts, increase space in libraries for exhibits
  • Highlight local cuisine and restaurants
  • Consider expanding TDC spending north of the Bay (requires legislative action)
  • Consider the feasibility of creating a welcome center near I-10 and 331 to capture visitor’s attention of the entire county, act as cultural center