Community leaders in Pompano Beach came together to celebrate the Preserve America Street Sign Unveiling at the CRA Fire Fountain Plaza on the morning of May 9.

Mayor Lamar Fisher was pleased with the recognition. “This provides an opportunity for the City to be recognized for our rich cultural heritage,” he said. “The City of Pompano Beach has a rich history.”

Jerry Bowman, chair of the Historic Preservation Committee read the proclamation from the White House. The City of Pompano Beach is the first Broward County to be honored as a Preserve America Community which is awarded by the White House. Communities selected through the program receive national recognition for their accomplishments in preserving special places and helping to tell the nation’s story. The benefits include the use of the Preserve America long on educational materials, a community sign and a listing in a web-based directory that showcases Pompano Beach’s preservation efforts and interesting destinations. Many Preserve America communities are included in “Discover Our Shared Heritage” National Register Travel Itineraries and “Teaching with Historic Places” materials created by the National Park Service. Four Preserve America signs will be place in Pompano Beach.  One is already located on Atlantic Boulevard across the street from City Hall.

The Preserve America program became an authorized part of the national historic preservation program when former President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. So far, 906 Preserve America Communities have been designated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories.