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Centennial Celebration of the Old Land Office

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on June 8, 2019

Derek Pontlitz of Pontlitz Asset Advisors and the City of New Port Richey will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the old land office now the financial services office of Mr. Pontlitz. This event will take place at the site on the corner of Grand Boulevard and Main Street in downtown New Port Richey beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14.

Centennial Celebration of the Old Land Office

The city and Mr. Pontlitz recognize that preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, and fostering local pride; and that it is important to show the social and economic benefits of historic preservation while maintaining community character while enhancing livability and quality of life experience for property and business owners and residents.
 
Historical preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life, all ethnic backgrounds, and particularly the citizens of New Port Richey who preserve and support the Historic District as an asset for our city.
 
It is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives in order to preserve the tangible aspects of our heritage that has shaped us as a people while providing a dynamic place to live and work.
 
The City of New Port Richey recognizes Derek Pontlitz of Pontlitz Asset Advisors as organizing a citywide observation of the 100th birthday of his office building, known as the land office and later the Milbauer Building, with the sole purpose of encouraging all people to learn about the many historic buildings that are a part of our City’s history and heritage.
 
Several other historic building owners have joined together to observe and co-sponsor this historic occasion by Proclamation and a Dedication Ceremony followed by Walking Tours to include:  The West Pasco Historical Society, The Friends of the Hacienda, Richey Suncoast Theatre, The Pasco Building, The Chasco Inn, Scott McPherson, PA formerly First State Bank and Ordinance One formerly the Fire House.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE



4:30 pm                       Public Recognition And Commereration
                                   Gathering on the corner of Main & Grand Blvd

  •  Plaque unveiling and reading by Pontlitz.  Also, recognition of City officials, old NPR families, media representatives, other special guests, and the public attending.
  • City Recognition, City Proclamation by Mayor, and remarks from City officials.
  •  West Pasco Chamber of Commerce recognition and acknowledgment of all historical locations participating

5:00 -10:00 pm                       Office Open House

  • Office tours
  • Cake cutting and light refreshments
  • Visitors are welcome to tour the office as they walk to the back and out to the parking lot under the tent.
  • Theater providing hosts: high school students dressed in early 20th century clothing welcoming visitors. Hosts will distribute the self-guided Walking Tour brochure which includes historic downtown NPR tour participants

5:30 – 10:00 pm            Self-Guided, Historic Walking Tour

  • Tour guests are encouraged to stop by participating historic locations and learn about its historic past.
  • Participants: West Pasco Historical Society, Friends of the Hacienda, Richey Suncoast Theatre, Pasco Building, Chasco Inn, Scott McPherson (First State Bank), Ordinance One (Fire House)
    Derek feels strongly that the Celebration be a celebration of all the downtown historical locations…not just his building.

7:00 – 8:30 pm               Ghost Tour # 1 With Nicole Ferro

8:30 – 10:00 pm               Ghost Tour #2 With Nicole Ferro

  • Two professional Ghost Tours will follow the walking tour.  The Ghost tour guide, Nicole Ferro, will lead two groups of 25 max.  A portion of the ticket price will benefit the Friends of the Hacienda.  The Tour Guide is designed and published by Pontlitz.
  • Pre-event VIP Ghost Tour – The Ghost tour guide has asked for a preview date to visit each of the participating sites to “read” the building with her equipment. This VIP pre-event Ghose tour will by invitation only and will include the media. This is being coordinated by the Rock the Boat

Post Tour Party

Anyone taking any tour can return to the tent at the Pontlitz office for a free drink ticket at Pete’s Grand Central.
 
For more information call Pontlitz Asset Advisors at (727) 359-0970.

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