New Smyrna Beach: From Vacant to Vibrant
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.
Julia Magee, firstname.lastname@example.org