DADE CITY — Downtown Dade City Main Street, a nonprofit group that was established in 1987 to promote the downtown area, announced Tuesday it will end its operations next week.
"The purpose of Main Street was always to revitalize the downtown district," president Nancy Johnson said in a prepared release. "We have accomplished that goal — our downtown looks better than ever, with many new businesses open, and many buildings receiving 'face lifts' through our grant program. We are incredibly proud of the job Main Street has done to promote and restore our community, and believe the time is right to hand things over to the merchants to carry on the mission."
The idea of improving the appearance and economic stability of downtown Dade City was initiated in 1985 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to preserve and protect the historic downtown district.
Downtown Dade City Main Street Inc. was officially established in 1987 as part of the Florida Main Street Program.
Over the years the nonprofit spearheaded the restoration of the historic courthouse and other significant historic buildings, funded and coordinated the construction of downtown public restrooms, implemented streetscape improvements to Meridian Avenue and assisted in bringing new businesses to the downtown district.
The group also worked with the city on the creation of a Community Redevelopment Agency to oversee long-range improvements, and administered a city-funded grant program to revitalize buildings in the downtown district.
In September, the local group also hosted the 2012 State Main Street Conference.
The Main Street office will remain open until March 28.
Prior to closing its doors, members of the board of directors will meet with officials from Dade City, the local merchants, and other nonprofit organizations to determine if any are interested in taking over the planning and implementation of certain events traditionally hosted by Main Street, including the annual Scarecrow Festival, Christmas Stroll, and Antique Faire.