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Preserving the Historic Florida Theatre

November 20, 2019  
Last week, I joined Numa Saisselin and Leslie Gordon from the Florida Theatre to highlight their capital campaign to renovate and restore this historic cultural and performing arts center ahead of it's 100th anniversary. 
Historic Landmark plaque in the lobby of the Florida Theatre
The Florida Theatre is a shining jewel in Downtown Jacksonville’s crown. From the famous sign and marquee board out front, to the beautiful and intricate interiors, this amazing location has brought thousands of guests and artists here to downtown Jacksonville. It's a vital asset for our city, both culturally and economically. In fact, it's one of the top five theatres in the country for its size. 

That's why I worked with City Council in this year's budget to include a 5-year, $1 million per year match to help enhance and protect the historic building to ensure it serves our community well into the future. This funding, combined with state grants, ticket fees and private donations, goes toward the theatre's Centennial Campaign to restore and enhance the facility. 

I encourage the community to get behind this Centennial Campaign to enhance and improve this vital community asset for another 100 years.