On August 28, 1998, the Florida National Register Review Board voted unanimously to recommend the Stiltsville site to the National Register of Historic Places.  Seven months later, on March 18, 1999, application was declined claiming that the remaining seven houses were under 50 years old.  The National Park Service (NPS), owner of the land since 1980 and overseer of the National Register, said it would not renew the bay bottom leases after the leases that the houses have had with the State of Florida since 1976 expired on June 30, 1999.  However, 10 days before the lease expired, the NPS granted Stiltsville a 5 months stay while talks continued.  On November 22, 1999, the NPS granted a further 1 year stay to allow time to find a way to preserve Stiltsville.  

Although the NPS claims to have no legal device to provide new leases and wants to issued a mandatory removal of all structures, there are established laws, such as the National Omnibus Management Act of 1998, that enable the NPS to enter into leases with private parties.

The Stiltsville homeowners are appealing the denial of Stiltsville's placement in the National Register of Historic Places.  There are over 2,000 structures that were less than 50 years old when placed in the National Register.  Of those, 30% are there for cultural reasons only.  Stiltsville more than qualifies.

The community support for recognizing Stiltsville as a South Florida "water"mark is mounting. You can support Stiltsville by Signing the Online Petition.

Click here for information on National Park Service Leasing Programs
Click here to see a similar house on Florida's West Coast that is privately owned, is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, and just had its lease renewed for 20 years.
Click here to see the seven Stiltsville houses.

Why Is Stiltsville Historic? Who Supports Stiltsville?
Why Is Stiltsville Unique? How Can You Help?

Why is Stiltsville historic?

Why is Stiltsville unique?

Who supports Stiltsville?

How can you help? - Contact the following people asking:

1.)  that Stiltsville be added to the National Register of Historic Places,
2.) and that the National Parks Service extend the existing leases for another 25 years.

  • Senator Bob Graham, 524 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC, 20510
    PH# 202-224-3041
    E-mail: bob_graham@graham.senate.gov
  • Senator Connie Mack, 517 Hart Senate Office BIdg., Washington, DC, 20510
    PH# 202-224-5274
    E-mail: connie@mack.senate.gov
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rayburn House Office Bldg. Room 2240, Washington, DC 20515
    PH# 202-225-3931.
  • Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Cannon House Office BIdg. Room 404, Washington, DC, 20515
    PH# 202-225-4211.
  • Representative Carrie P. Meek, Cannon House Office Bldg. Room 401, Washington, DC, 20515
    PH# 202-225-4506.
  • Governor Jeb Bush, The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
    PH#  850-488-4441
    E-mail: flgovernor@eog.state.fl.us
  • Ms. Marilyn Harper, National Register of Historic Places, Dept. of Interior, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, DC. 20013.

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