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Friday, September 3, 2021

Ocala resident, late husband honored for serving combined 36 years on Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board

An Ocala resident and her late husband were honored for their decades of service on the Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board.

James and Claudia Tatom, who combined for more than 36 years of service on the board, were honored during the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, September 2.

Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Tatom Presentation
The Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board recognized Claudia Tatom at its Thursday, September 2 meeting 

During the meeting, the board presented the Tatom family with a plaque recognizing their combined years of service and dedication to historic preservation in Ocala.

James Tatom was one of the original members of the Historic Board and served until 2010. He and eight members appointed by City Council provided insight for establishing processes and procedures for preserving and making recommendations for Ocala’s historic neighborhoods and businesses.

After James’ passing, Claudia Tatom filled her husband’s seat on the board and served from 2011 – 2020.

Both were architects within the Ocala community.

The goal of the Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board is to advise Ocala City Council and other city boards on issues regarding the City’s historic resources, issue Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs), and educate the public on the economic benefits of historic preservation. The group also endorses and lobbies for federal, state and local laws and policies regarding programs that encourage historic preservation.

“We appreciate the intellect and insight James and Claudia provided throughout their time on the historic preservation board,” said Tye Chighizola, Director Growth Management, for the City of Ocala. “Throughout their tenure, they remained committed to preserving historical resources located throughout the City of Ocala. Their presence will be missed on the board.”