City of St. Cloud named Florida’s newest certified local government

 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall is one of two properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in St. Cloud.

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee has announced that the city of St. Cloud has been accepted to the Certified Local Government (CLG) program following certification by the National Park Service.

“I am pleased to welcome the city of St. Cloud as Florida’s 75th Certified Local Government,” said Lee. “As a certified local government, St. Cloud will now have access to training and technical support provided by the Division of Historical Resources to enhance local historic preservation efforts.”

The city of St. Cloud joins a network of more than 2,000 certified local governments in the United States.

In order to become eligible for the certified local government program, the St. Cloud City Commission passed a local historic preservation ordinance in 2018 and assembled a qualified historic preservation commission with seven members.

The CLG program encourages decision-making about historic preservation at the local level with input from citizens and local government.

St. Cloud is home to two National Register listed properties: the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and the St. Cloud Depot. St. Cloud is also an active Florida Main Street community and was recently awarded a small matching grant from the Division of Historical Resources to produce an updated historic resources survey of the city’s historic downtown.

The results of the survey will be instrumental in helping the St. Cloud CLG and St. Cloud Main Street identify and preserve additional local historic resources in the future

About the Certified Local Government Program

The Certified Local Government (CLG) program was established in 1980 by the National Park Service and is administered in Florida by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. The CLG Program links three levels of government—federal, state and local—into a preservation partnership for the identification, evaluation, and protection of historic and archaeological resources.