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Farmton Local Plan wins Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award
June 3, 2011
Volusia and Brevard counties win state-wide sustainability award for their collaboration with Miami Corporation
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 06/03/2011 – On June 2, the words “and the Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award goes to…Miami Corporation, Volusia County, and Brevard County for their Partnership on the Farmton Local Plan” rang out in a state-wide award ceremony at the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach. Held annually by the Sustainable Florida Collins Center, the awards program is Florida’s most distinguished recognition of businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding measures to preserve a healthy environment and a healthy economy that are mutually supportive.
The two counties and Miami Corporation won in the category of Partnership for their years of collaboration in adopting a vision and plan for the 59,000-acre Farmton Tree Farm that permanently preserves nearly 80 percent of the land, including a critical regional wildlife corridor and environmentally significant habitat. This forward-thinking, 50-year legacy also provides a plan for creating a sustainable, low impact, mixed use, green community in the future and eliminates the possibility of environmental fragmentation by prohibiting ranchette development patterns on the property.
“The Farmton Plan is a model for large-scale planning efforts, creating a legacy plan for conservation and sustainable development efforts,” commented Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives Tim Center at the evening’s award ceremony. “The caliber of their efforts is truly commendable.”
“Despite the extraordinary challenge of planning for a 50-year horizon, Miami Corporation successfully partnered with Volusia and Brevard counties through years of greenprinting and analysis, stakeholder involvement and community outreach, public peer review and changed and improved the plan over time,” said local attorney Glenn Storch, who has worked with the family-run investment company for nearly two decades. “Ultimately, the Farmton Plan creates a long-term vision for 94 square miles that puts environmentally sensitive lands first and eliminates the possibility of environmental fragmentation due to ranchette development.”
About Sustainable Florida’s 2011 Best Practices Awards
Sustainable Florida — Collins Center is the premier alliance of organizations and leaders committed to promoting sustainable development principles through collaboration and education seeking to balance economic interests with the need to be socially and environmentally responsible. The Best Practices Awards are Florida’s most distinguished recognition of businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding measures to preserve a healthy environment and a healthy economy that are mutually supportive. Out of 83 applicants, only seven received an award in one of the following categories: Government, Green Building, Large Business, Leadership, Non-Profit, Partnership, and Small Business. For complete details on Sustainable Florida, visit www.SustainableFlorida.org.
About Miami Corporation
Miami Corporation is a privately owned family investment company. It was incorporated in 1917 by descendants of the same family that participated in the founding of International Harvester, a world renowned farm implement company in its day. Several of the family
members owned winter homes in the Miami, Florida area during the early 1900’s, and enjoying their time there, chose Miami as the name for their family investment company. Miami Corporation investments include lands in Oregon and Louisiana as well as Florida.
Miami Corporation and its affiliates have owned the Farmton Tract since the 1920’s and have managed the land for more than 85 years. Miami Corporation is the largest private landowner in Volusia County and one of the largest in Brevard County. Volusia and Brevard counties both recently adopted the Farmton Local Plan, an innovative, long term plan for the 59,000 acre tract which will preserve the environmental gems of Farmton as well as provide for sustainable places for jobs, recreation and living. A total of nearly 80% of acreage will be preserved in perpetuity. For more information visit www.farmtontreefarm.com
On June 2, Brevard County, Volusia County, and Miami Corporation won a Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award for their years of partnership on the Farmton Local Plan.
Back Row: Matthew West, Joel Ivey, Mark Dowst, Clay Henderson, Glenn Storch, Mike Brown, Earl Underhill, Sans Lassiter. Front Row: Stacy Ranieri, Barbra Goering, Sharon Collins.