August 15, 2016 – Anne Peery announced her retirement as Executive Director of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation at the most recent Board of Trustees meeting held this weekend in West Palm Beach. Ms. Peery held the position for nearly five years and ended on a high note with a successful annual meeting and conference in Tallahassee in May. Trust President Clay Henderson praised Peery for “getting us through some rough times and working hard to get the Trust into a position of financial stability. Anne left the Trust in a much stronger position than she found it,” he said. Henderson credited Peery with professionalism in advocacy and noted her strong relationship with Tallahassee policy makers. “Historic Preservation is one of the winners in the tug of war over Amendment 1 funding. The Florida Trust consistently has advocated for full funding for historic preservation grants and that happened with Amendment 1 and it happened under Anne’s watch,” he said.
One of Anne Peery’s successful programs was initiating an annual historic preservation tour of Havana, Cuba. Over the last three years, Ms. Peery has led a trip to Cuba to learn more about its rich heritage, historic preservation issues there, and the long standing ties between Florida and Cuba. Ms. Peery will be leading another Florida Trust trip to Cuba in October. These trips are fully sanctioned under current “people to people” rules relating to travel to Cuba.