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A wasteland is any property whose extension, rehabilitation or reuse is made more difficult by actual or perceived pollution. While these properties have enormous potential for economic development, they cannot attract the private market due to the responsibility assumed by the Brownfield sites and the potential costs associated with rehabilitation. Entered into a Brownfield Rehabilitation Agreement with Miami-Dade County, delegated authority to manage the Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program on behalf of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), provides entitlements to benefits and incentives for site rehabilitation, including a voluntary tax credit for employment recovery, a tax refund on new jobs created for certain eligible enterprises in 1995. Liability Protection for Remediation and Application of Risk-Based Corrective Action Principles to Site Remediation Using Chapters 62-777 and 62-780, Florida Administrative Code. Individuals and local governments may designate brownfields in accordance with the requirements of Section 376.80, Florida Statutes. A Brownfield area is an area contiguous to one or more Brownfield sites, some of which must not be contaminated and which has been designated by decision by a local government. Freenette Williams, Business Development Specialist, RERPhone: 305-375-2883[email protected] To negotiate a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement with Miami-Dade County, the site must be located in a designated brownfield area. The Brownfield areas designated by Miami-Dade County cover all non-regulated areas within the urban development boundary of business zones, business communities, empowerment zones, targeted urban areas, and areas eligible for community development grants, in addition to brownfield areas that have been individually applied for. Among the Miami-Dade municipalities that have designated wastelands are the City of Miami, the City of Grandpa-Locka, the City of Miami Beach, the City of Hialeah, the City of Homestead, the City of Medley, the City of Miami Gardens, the City of South Miami, the City of Doral, and the Village of El Portal.

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