New Smyrna Beach: From Vacant to Vibrant

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. EDT

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Besides being one of the east coast’s surfing hot spots, New Smyrna Beach is known for its laid-back charm, colorful local restaurants and lively cultural scene. But it wasn’t always this way. After languishing for years, Canal Street and Flagler Avenue are now thriving, thanks to concerted long-term, strategic planning and economic development efforts. This tour will provide an in-depth look at how the city has combined economic and cultural development strategies with traditional CRA master planning and capital improvement techniques to breathe new life into its two historic “main streets.” The tour will visit the city’s “arts incubator” known as The HUB, new and renovated civic buildings, and the local restaurants and businesses that are the heart of the city’s unique charm. At each stop, participants will hear the stories of business and property owners about the transition from vacant store fronts to the vibrant streets of today.

Cost: $25


Amye King

Invited Speaker

Ms. King, ACIP has served as the Planning Director for New Smyrna Beach since 2016. Prior to that she was the Community Liaison Manager for the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and also served for 13 years as the Growth Management Director for Lake County. She has a MPM ... Read More

Tony Otte

Invited Speaker

• In present position as CRA/Economic Development Director for New Smyrna Beach FL since 2010 • 23 years City Manager experience in three Central Florida cities (Tavares, Leesburg, Lake Wales) with 12 of those years also serving as CRA Director • Member, Board of Directors, and Certification Committee, Florida Redevelopment Association • Certified ... Read More

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