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The St. Joe Company owns nearly one million acres, mainly in northwestern Florida, where undeveloped coastal and riverside landscapes boast some of the state's most scenic and ecologically diverse areas. The company is a powerful force in the real-estate development of northwest Florida, with access to the most influential people in government. In Green Empire, Kathryn Ziewitz and June Wiaz explain how St. Joe is poised to permanently and drastically alter the landscape, environment, and economic foundation of the Panhandle, the state's last frontier. Based on hundreds of sources -- including company executives, board members, and investors as well as those outside the company -- this factual and objective history describes the St. Joe Company from the days of its founders to the workings and dealings of its present-day heirs. For all readers concerned with land use and growth management, particularly those with an interest in Florida's fragile wildlife and natural resources, Green Empire will generate important debate about an often-overlooked part of the state and will invite public scrutiny of its largest landowner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813029511
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,005,207
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1 A Slice of Paradise 1
2 The Lay of the Land 19
3 Good Ol' Florida Sand and Mud 35
4 The Era of the St. Joe Paper Company 51
5 Pork Chop Emperor 70
6 Challenges to the Empire 83
7 A Company in Transition 100
8 The Making of a Real Estate Powerhouse 120
9 Liquidating the Storehouse of Value: More Deals and Deal Makers 136
10 From Trees to Towns and Grits to Godiva 157
11 Breaking Ground: South Wood as a Case Study 185
12 A Company Town in Flux 199
13 The Wish List 230
14 An Airport Taxis for Takeoff 258
15 St. Joe and the Growth Machine 268
16 The Two Bottom Lines: Profit and Quality of Life 299
Notes 317
Bibliography 349
Index 353
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