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Brownfields Program Annual Report

August 11, 2009

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–Report highlights economic revitalization of brownfield areas–

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program 2008 Annual Report.  Submitted each year to the Governor, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, the report describes DEP’s progress and level of activity in implementing the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Act established in 1997.  The report documents the Program’s continued success in revitalizing brownfield areas despite current economic challenges.


“The Florida Brownfields Program has made unprecedented progress by empowering communities to work together to grow local economies, remove development pressures on undeveloped open land and protect the environment.” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole.  “The program is bringing new business opportunities into Florida’s cities and providing jobs for our residents – doubling the number of jobs created in 2008 in comparison to 2007.”

Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental pollution.  Highlights in the 2008 report include:

  • Twenty-three municipalities and county governments approved local resolutions that designated 55 additional brownfield areas.  There are now 222 designated brownfield areas statewide with access to a variety of local and state incentives.
  • Seventeen brownfield site rehabilitation agreements were executed, bringing the total for this program incentive to 129.
  • Four brownfield sites completed cleanup of contamination in 2008.  Twenty-four brownfield sites have completed cleanup since inception of the program.
  • DEP received 40 tax credit applications, totaling close to $4.7 million for site rehabilitation work completed at brownfields sites in 2008.
  • In 2008, more than 2,200 new direct jobs, more than 5,800 new indirect jobs, and nearly $408 million in new capital investment were attributable to the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program.
  • The cumulative totals for new job creation and capital investment attributable to the program from its inception in 1997 through December 31, 2008 are: nearly 11,000 new direct jobs, more than 13,000 new indirect jobs, and nearly $1.3 billion of capital investment in designated brownfield areas.

DEP’s Brownfields Redevelopment program, which began in 1997, is one of the fastest growing programs in the nation with a steady annual increase in development projects. Based upon economic and regulatory incentives, the program uses private revenue to clean up and redevelop sites, create new jobs and enhance the local economy.

To view the report, please visit:
www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/brownfields/default.htm.

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