The Oviedo Voice articles on the Rural Heritage Resolution
Resolution 2007-R -28
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA ON THE 28th DAY OF AUGUST 2007.
WHEREAS, the village of Geneva, also known in the community as the island of Geneva, is surrounded by the St. Johns River, designated an American Heritage River; Lake Harney; Lake Jesup; Salt Creek; and the Econlockhatchee River, designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway; and
WHEREAS, Geneva residents have performed research and found all of the following: that the cultural history of Geneva was first documented in 1765-66 by John and William Bartram, further documented by anthropologist Daniel Britton in 1850, again by eminent scientists of Harvard University in 1875, and by an Archeological Cultural Resources Study that identifies thirty nine sites from the St. Johns Era(500 BC to 1763), including at least one burial mound; through an Architectural Resources Study documenting eight sites/structures eligible for the National Register, sixty additional sites/structures eligible for the National Register as part of an area of historical significance, an additional eighty one sites/structures identified as "locally important" sites, and the Geneva Freshwater Lens which is also known as the Geneva Bubble, and
WHEREAS, Geneva has an ongoing and vibrant cultural heritage documented by the Geneva Historical and Genealogical Society, founded in 1952, which has worked to preserve the history and culture of Geneva through its Museum with over 1200 artifacts and through its associated educational programs; and furthered by the Geneva Citizens Association, whose Community Hall was originally constructed in 1891 and which has persevered in the continuing efforts to maintain the unique qualities and amenities of the unincorporated village of Geneva; and evidenced by a variety of churches, women’s and youth organizations, some of which have existed for over a century; and
WHEREAS, the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners has continually supported preservation of rural character and natural lands through the Seminole County Natural Lands Program established in 1990 through a voter referendum, through formal identification of the East Rural Area in 1991 which established the urban/rural boundary line and created the rural future land use and zoning designations in place today. This Rural Area was further reinforced through a 2004 voter referendum, identifying the Rural Area in the County Charter.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
1. The Board recognizes that the village of Geneva is an integral part of the rich rural and agricultural history as well as the culture of the County with past, present and future significance.
2. The Board recognizes that the village of Geneva has worked hard as a community to maintain a living rural heritage, while respecting individual private property rights.
3. The Board applauds the community efforts of the village of Geneva to be recognized as a “Rural Heritage Area” with state and national historic preservation agencies.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Official Minutes by the Clerk of the Court of Seminole County, Florida, and this Resolution be presented to the Geneva Citizens Association and to the Geneva Historical & Genealogical Society.
ADOPTED, this 28th day of August, 2007, A.D.
Maryann Morse, Clerk to the Board of Carlton D. Henley
County Commissioners in and for the ChairmanCounty of Seminole, State of Florida Board of County
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