2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:24:19 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Florida's program
Cleanup efforts at polluted sites run short of money

Christine Show
Orlando Sentinel (FL)
April 21, 2008

Prime real estate is getting scarcer as Central Florida grows, but there 
are some hidden spots still for the taking.

The trouble is, many are polluted old industrial sites.

Florida thought it had the ideal solution. It would offer tax incentives 
to developers to clean up the sites and then turn them into shopping 
centers, condos and other projects. It has worked so far, and it's a key 
part of plans to rejuvenate downtowns across the state.

And as the United States and the rest of the world prepare to mark Earth 
Day on Tuesday, cleaning pollution remains a priority for environmentalists.

But requests for state money for the projects have surged this year to 
about $3.2million, and only $2million is available. Florida has 114 
"brownfield" sites — polluted places or areas suspected of being 
polluted. The budget shortfall could mean developers will delay or steer 
away from cleanup and building plans.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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