Community Engagement & Corporate Philanthropy
Miami Corporation’s tradition of philanthropy began with the founders of the company. Our commitment to being good corporate citizens in Florida focuses on these core areas:
Sustainable Agriculture. Since the early 1950’s, the Miami Corporation has been managing the Farmton tract primarily for silviculture (tree farming) with some areas for cattle grazing and hay production. Miami Corporation has always taken the long view as we’ve farmed the land – using best management practices as well as innovative planning tools that have enabled us to operate Farmton in an environmentally sensitive way. More recently, we have begun to explore other crops as well as our new venture with the Adams Ranch where we are expanding cattle ranching at Farmton. We are members of the Volusia County Farm Bureau.
Environmental Stewardship and Conservation. Miami Corporation’s commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation is exemplified through the best management practices conducted at the Farmton Tree Farm and our comprehensive preservation efforts.
The Farmton Mitigation Bank. preserves three distinct, but hydrologically connected sites. The North Bank protects the Crane and Spruce Creek swamps, the headwaters of Spruce Creek. The West Bank protects two tributaries of the St. Johns River - Cow Creek and Deep Creek – that originate on or meander through the property. The South Bank protects the Buck Lake Marshes which are immediately north of SJRWMD Buck Lake conservation lands. The mitigation plan provides a framework for restoration, enhancement and preservations of wetlands and uplands along with wildlife management in perpetuity.
The Farmton Conservation Management Plan. Miami Corporation has placed 41,000 acres under perpetual conservation easement, both in and out of the mitigation bank. The conservation lands outside of the mitigation bank are managed in accordance with Conservation Management Plans that were crafted by a group of stakeholders, including the counties, the landowner, Florida Audubon, the State of Florida, and a panel of experts in conservation management. Annual reviews by Volusia County, Brevard County, Florida Audubon and the St. Johns River Water Management District ensure compliance with the management plans.
The Deering Preserve at Deep Creek. Miami Corporation donated the approximately 1,400-acre environmental gem known as the Deering Preserve at Deep Creek to Volusia County. This most scenic and fragile portion of Farmton’s conservation lands surrounding Deep Creek, near where it meets the St. Johns River, is now part of the public trust. To further protect this environmental gem, Florida Audubon received a conservation easement over the land from the county and a large portion of the Deering Preserve at Deep Creek remains subject to the strict provisions of the Farmton Mitigation Bank permit.
Florida’s Natural Lands and Wild Places. Miami’s sponsorship support and donations to the following organizations and initiatives support preservation of Florida’s natural lands and wildlife: Brevard Nature Alliance; River of Lakes Heritage Corridor; Florida Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (Maitland, Florida); Florida Ranches Calendar; Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival; and West Volusia Audubon.
Education. We support organizations that promote agricultural and ecologically responsible education to our youth. We provide sponsorship and other financial support to organizations such as: the Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties; Brevard County Farm Bureau, Crosswinds Youth Services; Deltona High School; and the Florida Forestry Association.
Enhancing Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation. Arts and culture provide many positive benefits, both tangible and intangible, and are an essential part of our quality of life. Similarly, historic preservation improves communities and also provides a legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic benefits for present and future generations to enjoy. Part of our current regional commitment in Florida has been support of the annual Daytona Blues Festival.
Economic Development. Miami supports the efforts of Volusia County, Brevard County, the City of Edgewater, Enterprise Florida, Volusia County Association for Responsible Development (VCARD) and Team Volusia to bring more jobs and companies to the region. With millions of square feet of commercial space available on our lands and our location at I-95 with two current interchanges and one planned for Maytown Road, our lands are uniquely situated for new companies, expansion of existing companies and small businesses to thrive. The jobs to housing commitment within the Farmton Local Plan along with the creation of mixed-use communities provides a great opportunity for people to live and work in the same place. We believe the first job producing sites will be in the City of Edgewater in Deering Park Center and Farmton North (formerly known as Restoration).