FKHA Official Documents, Mission and Goals

Official Documents

Links to the official documents of the Fort King Heritage Association are provided below

Articles of Incorporation and Annual Reports – State of Florida Website

Bylaws 

Mission

The Mission of the Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. (FKHA) is to Preserve, Protect, and Promote the Fort King Historical Site (hereinafter referred to as the Site), located in Ocala, Marion County, Florida while serving as a citizen support group to cultivate and sustain a public private partnership with private donors and our Local, State, and Federal Governments (hereinafter referred to as Agencies).

Strategic Goals

A.   Preservation – The Site presently consists of 37 acres. The Site has been preserved over the past 85 years (beginning in 1927 with the DAR 1 Acre Tract) by friendly acquisition of privateproperties by public domain agencies.

Strategic Goal of the FKHA will be to work in partnership with our Agencies in the continued acquisition of properties bordering and in the immediate vicinity of the Site that are considered important to its integrity. Our Goal will also include the preservation of the history, events, timetables, personnel, site preservation and its accuracy as it relates to preserving the period, circumstances, significant events and heritage we seek to pass on to future generations.

B.   Protection Protection of the site is needed to minimize adverse trespass, malicious disturbance, and environmental exploitation. A second component to protection is the protection and accuracy of the history and signature (unique) items or identities related to the present and future development of the Site.

Strategic Goal of the FKHA is to work in partnership with our local Law Enforcement Agencies (police, park rangers and sheriff) in developing a Security Plan to include the citizen/ officer patrolling of the Site to discourage pilfering, theft, trespass and other such adverse activities. Part of this goal is to provide for the purchase and installation of perimeter fences, gates, lighting, surveillance and access points (pedestrian and vehicular).   FKHA will make necessary provisions to protect the identities of signature designs, logos, and information or promotions of significant events which occurred there.

C.   Promotion Promotion of the Site began with dedication of the DAR ‘Burial Site’ in 1927. A State Historical Marker was erected in the right‐of‐way of Fort King Street adjacent to the Site in 1961(confirmed).    In 2004 the Site was designated by the U.S. Congress as a National Historic Landmark (NHL).   In 2008, the city of Ocala installed the NHL plaque within the Site adjacent to the archaeological established location of the Fort. The FKHA appreciates the many years of work, toil and effort to promote the need to eventually develop and promote the Site into a viable part of our Community and State heritage.

Strategic Goal of the FKHA will be to work in partnership with our Agencies to develop a Promotion Plan of the history, heritage and significance of Fort King and its role in the Second Seminole War and provide public access. Our Goal and Promotion Plan will continue to be upgraded as each phase of development and access to the Site by the public is made available.

Implementation

Implementation of the Strategic Goals as outlined above will include the following tasks:

1.   Historical Preservation and Research Develop a repository of historical information and reference research along with identifying future research projects or studies to validate significant historical events or discoveries made during development of the Site. Develop training materials, talking points and educational materials that can be used in programs and presentations to insure the history and details are presented in a consistent, accurate and effective manner.

2.   Funding Recruit and develop public and private funding sources for development and sustainment of the Site. An annual budget will be developed to be supplemented with a Three Year Program/ Financial Plan to provide for long‐term projections on needs and funding.

3.   Land Acquisition Establish a Land Acquisition Fund to accumulate donations for future site expansions. Title of land would be vested with our local Agencies.

4.   Public OutreachDevelop a Promotion Plan and timetable to coincide with the opening and availability of public access to the Site. Conduct workshops and presentations to civic organizations, schools, etc. on the history, planned development, and public use of the site. Coordinate with other historical societies and organizations to promote the site through scheduled State‐wide events.

5.   ImprovementsContract and provide over sight in partnership with local Agencies for :

a.    Archaeological studies and investigations.

b.    Engineering studies and designs (plans and specifications).

c.    Construction Projects (fences, driveways, parking lots, structures)

d.    Informational pamphlets, brochures, reports, etc.

6.   Operation and Maintenance

a.    Establish a Development Plan for Staffing a compensated and volunteer work force for:

i.      Yard and Ground Maintenance

ii.    Construction of Facilities

iii.   Maintenance of Structures

iv.   Docents (Daily Staffing & Special Events)

v.   Security (Site patrolling to assist law enforcement)

b.   Provide contract services for code requirements (electrical, plumbing, etc.)

c.   Maintain appropriate insurance coverage as needed.

7.   Reporting 

a.   Make annual end‐of‐year reports to the Agencies.

b.  Prepare and maintain all 501 (c) 3 reports and requirements.

8.   Long Range Planning Establish a Long Range Planning Committee in partnership with our local Agencies to allow for projections, planning and the focus needed for the long term development, sustainment and the synchronization to implement future phases, components, archeological work, etc that can be properly funded and included in the Promotion Plan, Fiscal Plan, and Staffing Plan for proper Operation and Management of the site.