Environmental Remediation & Golf Course Redevelopment

APA Florida Chapter, Promised Lands Section


Friday, April 15, 2016
noon - 1 p.m. EDT

Fort Myers, FL, United States

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Golf demand peaked in 2001 and has been steadily declining ever since. The demand for full golf memberships in master-planned communities has declined by 50 percent.


High-end daily fee courses have suffered the most. For many courses, owners cannot operate profitably under any business plan. As such, golf course owners should consider the alternative of redeveloping their golf courses for other uses. APA Florida’s Promised Lands Section, in conjunction with FPZA and ASLA will host a lecture on the environmental challenges and options available to developers when repurposing golf courses, with emphasis on recent Florida examples. Discussion will focus on due diligence best practices to determine extent of environmental remediation needs, remediation options, compliance with Florida Statutes, permitting timeline and potential costs. There will also be discussion on site planning factors to consider and consensus building with property owners and neighborhoods impacted by the golf course conversions. The keynote speaker is Roxann Gause, Senior Environmental Engineer with GHD.