Guideline DraftsFernandina Beach, FL – Progress continues on the update to the City’s historic district design guidelines. The latest drafts of the Downtown and Old Town Guideline updates are available for review in hard copy at 204 Ash Street or at

The Historic District Council has been involved in the draft review process and is anticipated to take action on the drafts at their April 3rd meeting, prior to sending them to the state. Comments on the latest drafts are welcomed and should be submitted to the Community Development Department or presented in person at the April 3rd HDC meeting. Staff will provide an update on the process to date and the process going forward at the April 16th City Commission meeting.

Final drafts are to be sent to the state Division of Historical Resources (DHR) by April 30. The state will review the drafts and provide comments, and the City then has until July 31 to send the final versions back to DHR. Upon final approval by the state, the guidelines will be reviewed for adoption by the City Commission, which should take place in Fall 2013.

The Division of Historical Resources awarded the City a $19,500 grant to complete the updates. No match was required by the City. Thomason and Associates of Nashville, TN is the consultant working on the updates. The guidelines were last updated in 1999 by the University of Florida.

For more information or to submit comments, please call the City of Fernandina Beach Community Development Department at 904-277-7325 or email Adrienne Burke at For information on Thomason and Associates, please visit

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