DADE CITY — Twenty-five years after setting out to make the downtown area a destination point, officials with the Downtown Dade City Main Street Inc. closed up shop on Wednesday.
The nonprofit group announced its retirement last week in a news release and a posting on its Facebook page, which also carried a message Wednesday saying the Main Street office, phone number, Facebook page and website will be discontinued at the close of business.
The building improvement grant program that Main Street administered will now be handled by the city, said John Moors, executive director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. The Spring Antique Faire, sponsored by Main Street at the end of each April, will be held as usual April 27 and 28 under the helm of the Downtown Merchants Association, Moors added.
The fate of two other Main Street events — the annual Christmas Stroll and Scarecrow Festival — hasn't been determined, Moors said.
"We don't know yet who will take them over," he said. "We're early on in this."
The chamber oversees the hugely popular Kumquat Festival and the monthly classic car show, held downtown the first Saturday of each month, except July and August. The chamber will support the city and other groups taking on Main Street events and responsibilities, Moors said.
Keeping the momentum Main Street has maintained for so many years is crucial, he said. Downtown Dade City is one of east Pasco's major products, Moors added.
"They've done a fantastic job for 25 years," he said. "Now we need to maintain the great work Main Street has done."
Main Street organizations typically exist for eight to 10 years, president Nancy Johnson said in last week's news release. The group's charter will be placed in an inactive status but can be reactivated at a future time if need be, officials said.