SOURCE: Goldstein Environmental Law Firm

November 04, 2013 11:39 ET

Florida Environmental Attorney Michael R. Goldstein Awarded Florida Brownfields Association's Prestigious Chrysalis Award

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - November 04, 2013) -  Michael R. Goldstein, managing partner of The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, was awarded the Chrysalis Award on October 28 at the Florida Brownfields Association's Annual Brownfield Conference.

Goldstein is a co-founder of the Florida Brownfields Association (FBA), which is dedicated to advancing the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields in Florida. Brownfields are valuable infill sites where expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by actual or perceived contamination.

"The scarcity of land in the state's major metropolitan areas combined with the resurgence of downtown residential and retail development is making brownfield properties more attractive to businesses, lenders, local governments and CRAs," said Goldstein. "It is exciting to see the FBA's advocacy and legislative efforts coming to fruition as we enter the new real estate cycle."

The Chrysalis Award recognizes the contributions of an individual or organization for educating the public and elected officials about brownfields, providing volunteer assistance to Florida communities, and advancing legislation that promotes brownfields redevelopment through increased incentives and opportunities. Honorees are selected by the FBA's membership.

Goldstein has worked on more than 85 projects involving Florida's Brownfields Program since its enactment by the legislature in 1997. He has been practicing environmental law for 21 years and is known for his pioneering work in brownfields redevelopment. His law firm provides legal counsel and environmental redevelopment consulting to retail, industrial and affordable housing developers, lenders, engineering firms, real estate professionals, businesses and local governments. 

Several of Goldstein's South Florida brownfields projects include representing the City of Miami in the negotiations with the Florida Marlins for cleanup of the Orange Bowl and its redevelopment as the Marlins Stadium. He also served as the city's environmental counsel in negotiations with the Miami Museum of Science, Miami Art Museum and Miami-Dade cleanup of the Bicentennial Park and its redevelopment as Museum Park. Goldstein's brownfield clients include Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, IKEA, Darden Restaurants, Pinnacle Housing Group, Related Group, Cornerstone Group, Waste Management, and Cities of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Gardens, North Miami Beach, Sarasota, and Escambia County.

About The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm:

The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, P.A. focuses on matters relating to environmental due diligence, contamination investigation and clean-up, brownfields restoration and reuse, economic and liability incentives, underground storage tanks, natural resource permitting, and defense of agency enforcement proceedings. Law firm founder Michael R. Goldstein is a nationally recognized expert on brownfields' reuse in Florida and routinely advises developers, lenders, end-users, and local governments on how to leverage environmental-based incentive programs to minimize legal liability, subsidize remediation costs, and increase financing opportunities. For more information call 305-777-1682.

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