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National Register Review Board

Members of Florida's National Register Review Board

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the regulations that guide federal historic preservation programs require each state to have a state review board in addition to a State Historic Preservation Officer and a professional staff with expertise in historic preservation.

The National Register Review Board exists to review proposed National Register nominations and determine if a nomination:

  • meets the National Register Criteria for Evaluation in regards to age, significance and integrity
  • is well researched and documented with sufficient information to support an argument for significance and integrity

By a vote on each nomination, the board will recommend to the State Historic Preservation Officer to either approve and forward the proposed National Register nomination to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, or to disapprove the nomination because it does not meet the National Register Criteria or it is insufficiently researched or documented.

Per Chapter 267.0612, Florida Statutes, the Florida National Register Review Board consists of five professionals from across the state with backgrounds in architecture, architectural history, history, historic archaeology, and prehistoric archaeology, who serve on a volunteer basis. The board members are drawn from the Florida Historical Commission, are appointed by the governor, and have a demonstrated interest in historic preservation.


Recent Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Agenda for the 11/8/2018 National Register Review Board Meeting (.pdf)

Minutes of the 8/9/2018 National Register Review Board Meeting (.pdf)

Board Member Biographies


Ms. Marion M. Almy
(prehistoric archaeologist)
Sarasota, FL

Founding Principal and President of Archaeological Consultants, Inc., Ms. Almy's 26 years experience in archaeological and architectural/historical investigations extends throughout Florida. A Registered Professional Archaeologist, Director of the American Cultural Resources Association, past President of the Florida Archaeological Council, she formerly chaired both the Florida National Register Review Board and the Florida Historic Preservation Advisory Council. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Florida State University and a Master's degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in cultural resource management from the University of South Florida.


Dr. Michael Francis, PhD
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Michael Francis received his PhD in History in 1998 from the University of Cambridge. Between 1997‐2012, Dr. Francis taught at the University of North Florida, where he also served briefly as Chair of the Department of History. His teaching fields include colonial Latin America, Early Florida, Spanish Borderlands, the Pre‐Columbian Americas, and Spanish Paleography. Since 2008, Dr. Francis has represented UNF on the editorial board for the University Press of Florida. He continues to serve as Book Review Editor for the journal Ethnohistory, and in 2011, US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, appointed Dr. Francis to serve on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission. 


Mr. Rick Gonzalez, AIA 
(preservation architect)
West Palm Beach, FL

Rick Gonzalez, AIA, founded REG Architects, Inc., with his father Ricardo in 1988. Rick holds two architectural degrees from the Catholic University of America and has studied design in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Italy. He was Chairman of the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, and is actively involved with community organizations such as the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. His association with high-profile projects like Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, the 1916 Palm Beach County Historic Courthouse, and "The Harriet" at City Place, has led the firm to numerous awards for historic preservation and downtown redevelopment.


Dr. Clifford E. Smith, Jr., RPA 
(historical archaeologist)
Venice, FL

Dr. Clifford E. Smith was hired by the City of Sarasota on December 26, 2006, to develop a historic preservation program, to promote historic preservation within the city, and to be a resource to the public interested in historic preservation. He currently serves as a member of the Historic Preservation Board for Sarasota County, a member of the Coalition for Historic Preservation, and Chairman of the Board for the Sarasota Municipal Employees Credit Union. In his previous position, Dr. Smith was Deputy Director of the Bermuda Maritime Museum - Chief of Operations and charged with the restoration of the 19th century museum buildings, the fort's six and a half acres grounds, and its battlements. As the Museum's Director of Archaeology and Conservation, he was responsible for a number of projects both on land and underwater completing Phase I surveys through Phase III excavations on sites dating from the 17th to the 19th century. These projects were used as training opportunities for the hundreds of students, interns, and volunteers that went through the various programs offered. In addition to historic restoration and archaeological projects; Dr. Smith often acted as a consultant to the British Government, Bermuda Government, and the West End Development Corporation to address their Historic, Archaeological, and Conservation issues.


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