Mayor Russ Owen presented the 2021 Donnadine Miller Memorial Historic Preservation Award for a residential property to owners Randy & Angie Herman for their recent renovation of 210 Palmetto Street. Created in 2002 and named in honor of late Historic Preservation Commission Chair Donnadine Miller in 2009, the annual award recognizes buildings and historic sites aged 50 years and older that promote pride in the City of New Smyrna Beach’s past and increase awareness and appreciation for its history and character. Other evaluation criteria include the degree to which the building reflects its original architecture, uses appropriate materials and colors, promotes sustainability and green design, incorporates native landscaping, and more.
Both Randy and Angie are members of the NSB Residents’ Coalition Leadership Group. Randy will be Treasurer of the organization for 2022 and 2023 and Angie is active coordinating our annual Charming Home Tour Fundraiser for 2022 scheduled for March 24. They live in a beautifully restored cottage beachside. Angie serves on the NSB Historic Preservation Commission and Randy on the NSB Neighborhood Council.
This very busy couple took on the restoration of 210 Palmetto Street and said they found the experience creative and satisfying (now that it is complete😊).
When they took up some floorboards on the stairs, they found a child’s shoe and did some research. At the turn of the century, it was not uncommon to put a child’s shoe in the floorboard for posterity. The couple said they found the discovery “a little…Cool, but creepy,”.
Both Randy and Angie feel a sense of urgency to restore and keep historic homes in our city. Randy offered, “Just recently two historic homes two streets from us were torn down. Both owners paid well over $1 million. Both houses were amazing places that could have been restored.” They are both personally committed to saving the historic properties that make New Smyrna Beach the special place that it is. We commend them for their continuing efforts to Save the Charm and history of our community! Congratulations!