Florida Senate - 2016                            (NP)    SR 1740
       By Senator Richter
       23-02190-16                                           20161740__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing February 4, 2016, as “Golf
    3         Day at the Capitol” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, the golf industry has become an integral part of
    6  the economy, identity, and quality of life in this state, with a
    7  direct economic impact of $8.2 billion and an indirect economic
    8  impact of $11 billion in 2013, and
    9         WHEREAS, in 2013, the golf industry employed 132,000
   10  Floridians and had an annual payroll of $3.6 billion, and
   11         WHEREAS, Florida is home to the PGA TOUR in Ponte Vedra
   12  Beach; the LPGA International in Daytona Beach; the PGA of
   13  America in Palm Beach Gardens; and The First Tee, the World Golf
   14  Hall of Fame, and the World Golf Foundation in St. Augustine,
   15  and
   16         WHEREAS, Florida has more than 1,500 public and private
   17  golf course facilities, more than any other state, which
   18  generate annual revenues of $4.1 billion, a sum greater than
   19  that of all other spectator sports in the state combined, and
   20         WHEREAS, Florida will host 20 professional golf
   21  championships in 2016, including six PGA TOUR events, four
   22  Champions Tour events, two Web.com Tour events, and two LPGA
   23  Tour events, and
   24         WHEREAS, two of golf’s most prestigious events are played
   25  in Florida, THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte
   26  Vedra Beach and the World Golf Championships–Cadillac
   27  Championship, played since 2007 at Trump National Doral in
   28  Miami, and
   29         WHEREAS, Florida’s golf industry is a top contributor to
   30  charitable organizations, with donations totaling more than
   31  $383.4 million annually from numerous golf outings and events,
   32  as well as the charitable giving associated with professional
   33  golf tournaments, and
   34         WHEREAS, beneficiaries of these charity events include the
   35  Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, The First Tee Miami, the Make-A
   36  Wish Foundation, the Baptist Children’s Hospital, the Children’s
   37  Miracle Network Hospitals, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care
   38  Foundation, The First Tee National School Program, the Boy
   39  Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, the Alzheimer’s
   40  Support Network, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast,
   41  and many others, and
   42         WHEREAS, Florida’s golf course owners and superintendents
   43  have continued to be stewards of the environment by using best
   44  practices in hazardous waste management, wetland and stormwater
   45  protection, and wastewater minimization, and
   46         WHEREAS, the game of golf assists in the development of
   47  Florida’s youth through the introduction of life skills and
   48  experiences, management of emotions, goal setting, conflict
   49  resolution, and improving relationships with family and
   50  community, and
   51         WHEREAS, the concentration of golf activity in Florida in
   52  2016 will bring an unprecedented level of worldwide exposure to
   53  this state, and
   54         WHEREAS, golf is a tremendous asset to this state,
   55  affecting its quality of life and tourism and strengthening the
   56  state’s position as a great place to live and do business, and
   57         WHEREAS, the golf industry has a significant impact on the
   58  state’s economy, provides recreation and wellness opportunities
   59  for residents of all ages, fosters strong character development
   60  for Florida’s youth, contributes significantly to charitable
   61  organizations, and is intrinsic to the brand of the Sunshine
   62  State, NOW, THEREFORE,
   64  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   66         That February 4, 2016, is recognized as “Golf Day at the
   67  Capitol.”
   68         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   69  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to the affiliated
   70  organizations of the Golf Florida Alliance as a tangible token
   71  of the sentiments of the Florida Senate.