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STUART - The 25-year-old Stuart Main Street program has been recognized with six awards from Florida's secretary of state.
The program received three honor awards, two merit awards and a milestone achievement recognition for 25 years of community development, business enhancement and historic preservation efforts.
Stuart Main Street received the awards at the 2012 Secretary of State's Florida Main Street awards dinner in Dade City in September and presented them at the Martin County board of commissioners meeting Oct. 22.
Ann Macmillan, president of Friends of Florida Main Street made the presentations. Award recipients were:
. Bernie Malone, outstanding local Florida Main Street program supporter.
Ron Hart and Earthtones, outstanding Business of the Year.
. City of Stuart CRA and Stuart Main Street and Colorado Avenue Business District Improvements, outstanding private/public partnership.
. City of Stuart, Stuart CRA, Stuart Main Street and Marcela Camblor, downtown Stuart outdoor seating strategy, outstanding economic restructuring program or project.
. Dancin' in the Streets, outstanding special event.
. Milestone achievement: Stuart Main Street 25 years.
Stuart Main Street is a historic, preservation-based program dedicated to building a vital downtown through community self-reliance and a focus on traditional assets, personal service, local ownership, unique architecture and sense of community.
Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart.
For more information, call (772) 286-2848 or visit stuartmainstreet.org.