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Turnberry will protect Miami-Dade’s sustainability

 

On Oct. 20, Turnberry Associates and its partners decided to withdraw its application to move Miami-Dade County’s western Urban Development Boundary (UDB). In consultation with the commissioner who represents the subject-area district, Turnberry took action to address Miami-Dade residents’ concerns about the Northwest Wellfield Protection Area and the preservation of the county’s primary reservoir of drinking water.

Founded in Miami-Dade County more than 50 years ago by our father, Don Soffer, Turnberry is deeply committed to the sustainable development of our community. Over the years, Turnberry projects have improved our community’s standard of living by revolutionizing the living, working and leisure habits of its residents and visitors. In addition to these important social benefits, Turnberry projects have made a significant impact on the county and its residents through job creation and recurring economic contributions, including taxes, fees, permits and licenses. At the same time, Miami-Dade County has become a vibrant, prestigious, world-renowned destination with unlimited potential.

Turnberry’s success is directly intertwined with the well-being of this community. Miami-Dade County has long been home to our company’s headquarters, to three generations of the Soffer family and to thousands of our employees. The success of our projects also depends on being able to provide the most basic and valuable services, such as drinkable water. Therefore, the preservation of our most vital natural resources is one of Turnberry’s top priorities for every project.

Our initial plan contemplated the development of a family entertainment, recreation and retail center to satisfy the needs of Northwest Miami-Dade County’s rapidly growing population and tourists. Before submitting a plan to the county commissioners, we hired environmental engineers and planners to ensure that the project would not endanger the aquifer in the Northwest Wellfield Protection Area.

While Turnberry placed a considerable focus on environmentally sensitive development, we understand that, in this case, the community clearly desired a new design for the project that addresses the concerns of county residents and their leaders. Therefore, we will go back to the drawing board to work on a plan that caters to the growing surrounding population of Northwest Miami-Dade County while also addressing our community’s concerns.

Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer,

principals and owners,

Turnberry Associates, Aventura

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