This week we explore the beautiful ways Floridians are preserving the historic structures in our area. We'll go inside an 18th century Italian theatre, that has called Sarasota "home" for over 50 years. And we'll head to Polk county for a trip down memory lane, where Elvis Presley and Judy Garland were known to stop by. Then Larry Elliston takes us back to St. Petersburg's "yesteryear" to show us how what's old is new again. Also: Occasionally, we hear about a building under dispute because it has historic value to some people but another group of people wants to tear it down. The Belleview Biltmore and Sarasota's Riverview High School are two recent examples - one was saved, the other will soon be gone. But the question remains: why does historic preservation matter?
Will Michaels and St. Petersburg Preservation
When it comes to St. Petersburg, Will Michaels knows his history. Will is one in a growing number of St. Petersburg residents who continually fight for the preservation of their city's historic landmarks. Michaels is the former head of the city's Museum of History and now president of St. Petersburg Preservation and he's seen buildings such as the Soreno Hotel in St. Pete fall victim to the wrecking ball. At the same time he's helped landmarks like the Detroit Hotel find new life through preservation. Producer Larry Elliston brings Will Michaels front-and-center in this episode of Florida Stories.