MADEIRA BEACH — The city plans to seek a county-level historic designation for the Snack Shack.
The move was made at the urging of Commissioner Nancy Oakley.
The beachfront log cabin-style structure was built by the federal government in the 1930s and served veterans for many years.
The city received ownership of Archibald Park in 1972 when the Department of the Interior deeded the park and the log cabin to the city, with the provision that it be used only for public recreation.
In 2008, city voters overwhelmingly supported restoring the Snack Shack. The City Commission at the time had considered tearing the deteriorating building down, but was stopped by the citywide referendum.
The Snack Shack reopened to the public in 2010 after the city spent about $200,000 in renovations so that food and beverages could once again be available to beachgoers.
In that and subsequent renovations, the exterior was refurbished and the interior and parking lot were completely redesigned.