Preservation society celebrates beautification awards, accolades

Preservation society celebrates beautification awards, accolades
San Marco Preservation Beautification Award winners: front, Dr. Michael Fox of The Antique Fox, Sarah Marie Johnston of Town Hall, Kristen and Andy Allen; back: Jay Burnett of Bold Bean, Jordan and Anne England, Terry Schneider of The Loop, Andy Baker of The Antique Fox, Edward Jones, and Chris Woolston, Beautification Committee chair.

The San Marco Preservation Society said farewell to one president, hello to a new one, got a sneak peek of its redesigned website and honored three homeowners and five businesses for their renovation projects in the historic district this past year.

The highlight of the May 31 meeting at Preservation Hall, the last before its summer hiatus, was the presentation of the annual Beautification Awards by Chris Woolston, chairman of the beautification committee. Homeowners were presented potted begonias and business owners received a plaque.

Winner in the Homeowner category include Anne and Jordan England, 936 Arbor Lane; Kristen and Andy Allen, 1014 Elder Lane, and Edward Jones, 2014 River Road.

Business winners are The Antique Fox, 3216 Hendricks Ave.; Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, 1905 Hendricks Ave.; The Loop, 2014 San Marco Blvd.; Town Hall, 2012 San Marco Blvd., and Dancing Elephant, 2006 San Marco Blvd.

The new website, which features a bolder look with a large image of the San Marco Square Lions, was unveiled by Liz Foraker-Klein of the electronic media committee. It will be launched in the coming weeks. A new logo is in the works, too.

In her last remarks as SMPS president, LeAnna Cumber said she is proud of the upgrades to several parks in the district, especially Davin Park on River Road, which has new lights and Whatley Park, which has new lights, trees, benches and ironwork.

Efforts are also under way to make improvements to the playground at Southside Park, behind the library, while SMPS has partnered with the San Marco Garden Club to beautify Landon Park with improvements to its playground, as well as a walkway and picnic table.

Cumber also said she was pleased that SMPS has had a voice in the new developments in the district such as the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center and Jackson Square.

Cumber welcomed the new officers, President Bryan Mickler, a partner with NAI Hallmark, Treasurer Rick Kohn and Secretary Debra Pataky.

Mickler praised Cumber for handing over a “smooth-running machine.”

“We have all the tools we need to be successful,” he said.

The next meeting will be in the fall.

By Lilla Ross
Resident Community News

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