June 5, 2023

  1. Minutes


The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session at City Hall in the Council Chamber, located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.




Chairman Kiesel called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  Present were Vice Chairman Petyk, Secretary Adams, Member Jonas, Member Gaetjens, Member Foster and Alternate Member Davis. Member Shifalo and Alternate Member Crofton were absent. Also attending was Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford, Development Director Brad Parrish, Redevelopment Planner Sue Williams and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.




Member Foster motioned to approve the minutes from the May 1, 2023 meeting. Vice Chairman Petyk seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.




Old Business


Titusville Design Guidelines Manual draft 

Chairman Kiesel stated that Member Shifalo’s email was provided as part of the agenda packet and a handout was also provided to each Historic Preservation Board member on the dais with her opposition to Mr. Jim Ball’s comments regarding to the Titusville Design Guidelines Manual.


The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) members had a lot of discussion regarding the Titusville Design Guidelines Manual being a guide only and not a regulatory “law”.  There was also concern from the HPB members that this document was potentially being taken away from the HPB as their document.


Chairman Kiesel said the Titusville Design Guidelines Manual is an educational tool used to guide and never meant to be a regulatory.


Mr. Parrish asked the Historic Preservation Board members to take time to review the comments in the matrix that was provided in the agenda packet and to provide feedback at today’s meeting relating to the comments made on the matrix.


The Historic Preservation Board went over the matrix and more specifically reviewed the comments suggested by Jim Ball.


Mr. Parrish, Mr. Ford and Ms. Williams made notes of the direction from the Historic Preservation Board pertaining to each comment on the matrix from Jim Ball.







Vice Chairman Petyk made a motion to approve the Titusville Design Guidelines Manual draft with all of the changes that the Historic Preservation Board discussed, which staff documented during the meeting. Member Foster seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote.




New Business


Explore Historic Titusville Rack Cards

Mr. Ford gave an overview of this item.




Vice Chairman Petyk made a motion to approve ordering 1,000 of the Explore Historic Titusville rack cards at $245.00. Member Foster seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.





Historic Preservation Board Priorities for 2023/2024

Mr. Ford said that this is a list of  goals, policies and objectives that the Historic Preservation Board can work towards.  


  • The HPB discussed how they would like to make a connection with the FEC railroad regarding the old train station.
  • Address signage in the Historic District
  • Incorporate Historic Preservation into Economic Development, updating Economic Strategic Plan




Petitions & Request 







Mr. Ford went over the staff report items.


FY2024 Small Matching Grant – Mr. Ford said that the City is just waiting on the Governor to sign and to receive official notice from the Department of Historic Resources to give official awarding of the grant.


Annual Workshop Debriefing – Vice Chairman Petyk said she would like for the city to reach out to Jim and Joy Eubanks at 605 Indian River Avenue with more information regarding the local designation process. Member Jonas said he also spoke to someone and has their address and would provide it to staff so that more information could be provided to them also. Member Foster asked if the HPB could provide a handout with some contact information for contractors who specialize in restoring historical structures etc. Chairman Kiesel said that he would like to look into creating a trust fund to help off-set the cost of  historical rehabilitation projects outside of the Community Redevelopment Agency.  Mr. Parrish said that there were concerns from citizens about some structures in the downtown that have termite damage.


Mr. Parrish said that a certificate of dig permit could be coming before the Historic Preservation Board in the future because a property may be being annexed into the city and the property is adjacent to the LaGrange Cemetery.


Member Davis said that there is a phone app that can be downloaded that will provide information on the Newtown that Vicki Oldham spoke of at the previous HPB workshop.


Secretary Adams said that he would like for the Florida Public Archaeology Network in St. Augustine, Florida to be contacted and be involved in the certificate of dig permit if it comes before the Historic Preservation Board. Mr. Parrish said that he would reach out to them.




Adjournment 2:42 pm