State Main Street Conference

Vilano Beach Main Street soars high with a successful conference!!

Florida State Main Street Conference
Vilano Beach Town Center held
September 18, 19, & 20, 2013

Below is a listing of speakers and presentations for all to learn more about Main Street communities.

Email  Ronni Wood ( [email protected] ) or Sallie O'Hara ( [email protected] ) for copies of selected presentations. The size of several powerpoint presentations are currently too large for website display and conversion to reduced sizing now underway. Stay tuned!

Kristina Ford,
Former Director of City Planning in New Orleans, LA
    What New Orleans Can Teach Us

Marjorie Ferrer,
Exec. Director for the Downtown Development Authority, Delray Beach, FL
    What's Worth Knowing?

Sallie O'Hara,
Tarahill Specialties, LLC, St. Augustine, FL
Vilano Beach Main Street Program Manager/A1A Byway Administrator
    Connecting the Dots: Scenic Highways to Main Street

Donna Harris,
Heritage Consulting, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
     Why Aren't You asking For Year End Gifts?
      Role of Board and Staff in Main Street

Eric Dusenbery,
Cinderic Documentaries, Inc., Deland, FL
It's Hard To Look A Man Straight In The Eye When He's Got Tobacco   Juice On His Chin: Communication Strategies On A Shoestring Budget

J. David Malcolm and Charlie Johnson, 
 Wood + Partners, Inc. Tallahassee, FL
    Community Design With Water

Aaron Zaretsky, 
 Consultant for Specialty Markets, Weaverville, NC
    Public Markets, a Proven Tool for Community and Economic Development, New Tax Generation, and Historic Preservation in Florida

Keith Tianen, 
Certified Consultant for Florida Main Street, Pinckney, MI
    Parking on Main Street

Vivian Browning,
President, Vilano Beach Main Street, Inc., Vilano Beach, FL
    Vilano Beach Shares Keys To Main Street

Robert J. Gibbs, 
 Leading Urban Retail Planning Consultant, Birmingham, MI
    Effective Urban Development Techniques & Principles for Historic Towns   and New Urban Communities
Gail Holley and Melanie Weaver Carr, 
 Florida Department of transportation, Tallahassee, FL 
    Safe Mobility for Life: Helping Communities Promote Aging in Place

Don McEachern,
 President and CEO, North Star Destination Strategies, Nashville, TN
    The Role of Branding in Downtown Development

Jeanette Peters,
 Nonprofit Management Consulting, LLC, Gainesville, FL
    Confessions of a Grant Reviewer

Todd Barman,
National Main Street Consultant, BarMan Development Strategies, LLC 
 Raising Main Street's Capital for Florida

Rachel Bach,

Consultant, Redevelopment Management Association, Delray Beach, FL
    Community Redevelopment Area Breakfast


Award Winners - Congratulations!

This year’s award recipients are:   

Outstanding Local Florida Main Street Supporter:  Honor Award— Sandy Chavez, (MainStreet DeLand Association); Merit Awards— Vivian Browning (Vilano Beach Main Street) and Scott Locke (St. Cloud Main Street)

Outstanding Florida Main Street Private-Public Partnership:  Honor Award— Magic Beach Motel (Vilano Beach Main Street, St. Johns County, North Shores Improvement Board, North Shores Corridor Design Review Board, Harry Scherwinski, Les Thomas)

Outstanding Florida Main Street Rehabilitation Project:  Honor Award— Robert Ikard, Wareing Enterprises, LLC (Newberry Main Street Organization); Merit Awards— Ink Trax, Inc. (Panama City Main Street) and Platts/Backus House (Main Street Fort Pierce)

Outstanding Florida Main Street Public Improvement:  Honor Award— Historic Train Depot (Peace River Explorations and City of Wauchula Community Redevelopment Agency); Merit Award— West New York Avenue Streetscape (City of DeLand) 

Outstanding Florida Main Street New Construction Project:  Honor Award— CenterState Bank (Okeechobee Main Street); Merit Award— All Florida Management (Grand Central District Association, St. Petersburg)

Outstanding Florida Main Street Special Event:  Honor Award— Plastic Bottle Boat Race (Vilano Beach Main Street); Merit Awards—Tenth Annual Friday Fest (Panama City Main Street), Top of the Lake Art Fest (Okeechobee Main Street) and First Floridians First Americans Conference (Main Street Monticello)

Outstanding Florida Main Street Retail Sales Promotion:  Honor Award— Battle of the Burg(er) (Grand Central District Association, St. Petersburg)

Outstanding Florida Main Street Business of the Year:  Honor Award— Café da Vinci (MainStreet DeLand Association)

Outstanding Florida Main Street Economic Restructuring Project or Program:  Honor Award— Small Business Incubator Program (Newberry Main Street Organization); Merit Award- Breakfast with the Pros and Economic Analysis (St. Cloud Main Street)










Vilano Beach Main Street to Host Florida State
Main Street Conference in 2013

Florida Main Street and Vilano Beach Main Street were pleased to have over 160 attendees throughout the nation at the 2013 FMS Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, September 18-20, 2013. Located in Vilano Beach with nearby venues in South Ponte Vedra Beach and historic St. Augustine, the conference provided attendees opportunities to experience these fabulous places.

The 2013 Florida Main Street Annual Conference offered  strategies for historic commercial district revitalization, with educational sessions presented by professionals from around Florida and the nation.

Conference Highlights

  • VIVA VILANO – themed to celebrate the 10th Anniversary as a Main Street Community, celebrate accomplishments in its revitalization journey, and showcase the Town Center
  • Meetings - conveniently located at the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center
  • Opening Reception - Beaches restaurant
  • Tours include a Vilano Beach Town Center walking tour and historic St. Augustine bus tour
  • Nationally renowned speakers
  • Exhibit Hall showcasing products and services at GTM NERR
  • Secretary of State's Florida Main Street Awards Dinner at the Serenata Beach Club
    Download Schedule at a glance here.

Thank you for using our collaborative lodging partners in booking your room stays while visiting Vilano Beach. 

Transportation during the conference was provided by

Hampton Inn & Suites Vilano Beach  
95 Vilano Road          904-827-9797  

Magic Beach Motel in Vilano Beach  (classic Old Florida experience)
50 Vilano Road    904-342-5263  

OceanView Lodge in Vilano Beach (Ocean views)
2701 Anahma Drive  904-819-5555 

Saint Augustine Beach House  - Oceanfront
 10 Vilano Road          904-217-3765     

Vilano Beach  Garden Inn   - Town Center
 155 Vilano Road      904-217-3765   

Southern Oaks Inn  - North City St. Augustine just over the Vilano bridge
 2800 US 1 North at corner of SR 16 and US1      904-342-2354   

Howard Johnson Inn - Historic St. Augustine     
137 San Marco           904-825-2774

Comfort Suites of Downtown St. Augustine
 42 San Marco             904-829-2292  

Days Inn Historic St. Augustine    
1300 N Ponce de Leon Blvd         904-824-3383
Thank you to  our Sponsors & Exhibitors !!!!!!!!

 Additional thanks to more sponsors and supporters: Vilano Beach BBQ; Corridor Solutions; American Road Magazine;Perfect Party Entertainment; USDA Rural Development Agency; FDOT Deland; St. Augustine Lighthouse; Florida Festivals & Events Association; Camping World.  

A special thanks to for donation of three
VILANO road bikes for auction.  

   Thank you !


 Drawing held October5, 2013 at Sunset Celebration.

Winners included: Willard; Kramer & Engsberger - Congrats!

Proceeds to support - Vilano Beach Main Street Conference
2nd Prize - $500 valued 8 Bottle Wine Tasting for 12 People From PRP Wine International
3rd Prize - $330 valued weekend stay at MAGIC BEACH MOTEL

Proceeds to support - Vilano Beach Main Street for conference expenses!

 Thank you!