The Historic Preservation staff works with property owners, local businesses, public agencies and community organizations to help identify, preserve, and promote St. Petersburg's unique character. Staff is responsible for the administration of the Local Landmarks Program, the Monuments and Markers Program, the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption Program, and the Transfer of Development Rights program. Additionally, staff coordinates Certified Local Government (CLG) responsibilities with the State Historic Preservation Office, reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places nominations, conducts Section 106 reviews, serves as staff to the Community Preservation Commission and aids the public with historical research, rehabilitation issues and economic incentives.
In 2008, St. Petersburg was designated a Preserve America Community. Preserve America is a Federal Administration inititative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communites. Detailed information on all aspects of this initiative can be found at www.preserveamerica.gov.