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ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oct. 7 - 10, 2005

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 2005 Annual Meeting & EXPO > Tours

 

All tours depart from the Broward County Convention Center promptly at the time indicated. Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Unclaimed seats will be sold 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. All ticket sales are final. Participation is limited, so register early to reserve your ticket.

Friday, October 7:

T01
A Living Master Plan: Nova Southeastern University

8:00 am-12:00 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

Nova Southeastern University (NSU)—located in the heart of Broward County—is the nation’s 8th largest independent institution of higher education. Discover how NSU has gone beyond the classroom to create a fusion of traditional and distance learning, thus providing convenient education for working students. This university lives its master plan by constantly updating it and implementing new buildings on a timely schedule. The tour will offer visitors the chance to see university projects in different stages and to find out how landscape architects have played a vital role in facilitating the university’s vision. This tour will also include a visit to the adjoining South Florida Education Center and the Jim and Jan Moran Family Center Village, highlighting boundless playground design and exploring the concept of a modern day “Academic Village.”

$35 per person with Early Bird registration, $45 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Kona Gray, ASLA, EDSA; Akiko Iwata, ASLA, EDSA; and Rebecca Bradley, EDSA.

T02
Miami Water, Land, and Skyline Tour

8:00 am-4:00 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

In order to experience the dynamic growth that is sweeping through Miami and the rest of South Florida, it is necessary to see it from multiple viewpoints. This tour will explore Florida’s largest municipality by water, land, and sky, providing a comprehensive view of Miami’s changing urban landscape. The first part of the tour will include a bus tour of downtown and the financial district. The second part will be a boat tour of the Miami River Corridor, a true working/urban river that runs through the heart of the city. Lunch will be served on the 55th floor of the First Union Bank Tower in downtown Miami, which offers 360 degree views of the city. After lunch, the tour will conclude at Midtown Miami, one of South Florida’s largest urban redevelopment projects, which was led in great part by landscape architects.

$120 per person with Early Bird registration, $130 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, plated lunch, afternoon reception and handout materials. Led by Steven E. Lefton, ASLA, Urban Resources Group.

T03
Homestead Nurseries Tour

8:00 am-4:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

The Homestead area is home to some of the nation’s most impressive plant nurseries. Thousands of acres of cultivated tropical plant fields, including palms, canopy trees, flowering trees, shrubs, and annuals, cover this unique South Florida landscape. This tour will focus on three distinct, market-leading nurseries that produce much of the plant material utilized in South Florida and beyond. Participants will learn about local growth practices and technology and explore thousands of tropical plant species, including some of the most spectacular palms and tropical plants grown commercially.

$50 per person with Early Bird registration, $60 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, Noon cookout at Manny Diaz Farms, afternoon break, and handout materials. Led by Henry Mier, University of Florida Agricultural Extension Program.

T04
Authentic Historic Redevelopment Spaces and New City Places

8:00 am-5:00 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate
Explore historic redevelopment spaces and new urban places that define successful economic redevelopment communities along South Florida’s coast. Preview coastal residential property, natural preserves, parks, exquisite ocean front residential property, historic downtown neighborhoods, urban redevelopment with residential components, new urban community planning, campus facility plans, baseball stadium design, and new transportation solutions for downtown areas. Highlights include River Walk and the historic Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale; residential neighborhoods, historic sites, and the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Complex in Boca Raton; a tour of Delray Beach’s ocean front promenade; new urbanism community development in north Palm Beach; a presentation by the Joint Center for Urban Environmental Solutions and Regional Planning Design Institute; and a glimpse of spectacular Palm Beach properties such as the historic Mar-a-Lago. The tour will conclude at City Place in West Palm Beach with a review of urban redevelopment accomplishments.

Option to end your day with dinner (on own) at City Place in West Palm Beach, enjoy the night life, and commute back to Fort Lauderdale on the South Florida Tri County Rail System.

$85 per person with Early Bird registration, $95 thereafter. Includes transportation, admission fees, morning break, boxed lunch, afternoon break, and handout materials. Led by Jeffry J. Borick, ASLA, City of Boca Raton.

T05
Urban Redevelopment and Infill in South Florida

8:15 am-2:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

The cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach are now experiencing an influx of new residents as well as inner-city gentrification. With this new development and the geographic limitations posed by impending build-out between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades, these cities are undergoing sweeping changes. This session will examine how successful the redevelopment efforts have been to date. Beginning with a stop at Hollywood’s Historic Harrison Street district, you’ll explore an entertainment-focused pattern that is finally looking at new residential development. Next you’ll visit Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk district to find out how ethnic neighborhoods are trying to remain part of the redevelopment program. Then you’ll move on to the original ‘first tier’ suburbs of Wilton Manors and Oakland Park, where both are benefiting from the redevelopment boom, but are struggling to maintain their own unique identities. The tour will end with a visit to the established City of Coral Springs, which has begun implementing its master redevelopment plan with a 140-acre site program that will ultimately comprise 2.5 million square feet of combined office, retail, and residential space.

$75 per person with Early Bird registration, $85 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, boxed lunch, and handout materials.

T06
Suburban Development “New Towns” in South Florida

8:15 am-2:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

Among the major development trends in South Florida is the phenomenon of new suburban “town centers” intended to serve as cultural events centers, central retail and gathering places, and municipal service centers. Some have fulfilled their intended purpose and others are in development now towards their lofty goal—duplicating the older eastern cities’ original urban services menu. This is not only a demographic phenomenon with young professionals increasingly seeking downtown amenities; it is also a geographical certainty. With the Everglades to the west and the Atlantic to the east, there is virtually no undeveloped land left between Palm Beach and Miami, and everyone is thinking “urbanization.” This tour will explore three of these new town centers—Miramar Town Center, Weston Town Center, and Sawgrass Mills—each at a different place in the development cycle.

$75 per person with Early Bird registration, $85 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, boxed lunch, and handout materials.

T07
Seagrass to Sawgrass

8:15 am-2:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

Learn about Broward County’s “Seagrass to Sawgrass” initiative and explore South Florida’s local ecological systems and their dynamic relationship to urban development. The first stop is the Nova-Southeastern Marine Research Center, where we’ll look at urban effects on coastal and marine environments. Then we’ll explore the mangrove ecosystems at the Ann Kolb Nature Center on the other side of West Lake. The next stop is the Secret Woods Nature Center, one of South Florida’s few remaining natural upland areas. We’ll then move on to Fern Forest, a remnant of an ancient swamp that demonstrates the significant acreage of wetlands that once existed in the area. The tour will conclude at Holiday Park, where we’ll explore the Everglades and find out how this vast freshwater marsh vitally impacts the South Florida urban area and beyond.

$75 per person with Early Bird registration, $85 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, boxed lunch, and handout materials. Led by Harry L. Belton, ASLA, Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan.

T08
Broward Urban Parks and Recreation

8:30 am-12:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate (Some Trails)

Broward County parks offer a vast array of activities to the area’s residents and visitors: aquatics, batting cages, boat rides, racquet centers, water skiing, horseback riding, target ranges, skate parks—you name it and chances are you can find it in the park system somewhere. This tour will showcase this diversity and explain how so many activities can be programmed, managed, and sustained.

Starting with Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park and Pompano Beach’s Airpark, you’ll learn how multi-sport facilities are provided to the citizens of the dense eastern areas. Next you will visit some mid- and western suburban regional parks that provide a unique mix of natural experiences and some surprising active recreational facilities. These sites include Quiet Waters Park, with extensive aquatic activities; Markham Park, with activities oriented towards the Everglades recreation area; and Weston Regional Park, with traditionally programmed sports facilities.

$30 per person with Early Bird registration, $40 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Broward County Florida Chapter representative.

T09
Anne Kolb Nature Center and Canoe Trip

8:30 am-12:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate (some trails)

Experience this 1,500+-acre wetland mangrove forest habitat for wading birds and other native wildlife. Mangrove trees offer significant and unique habitat to birds, mammals, crustaceans, and fish populations through a complex marine food chain, creation of breeding habitat, and establishment of restrictive areas that offer protection for maturing offspring. In addition, mangroves contribute to improved water quality by filtering and assimilating pollutants, stabilizing bottom sediments, and protecting shorelines from erosion. The Center also includes an Intra-coastal fishing pier; five-story observation tower; nature, canoe, and bicycle trails; and environmental exhibit hall. A portion of this tour will be conducted in small, self-paddled canoes led by experienced guides, and/or small tidal creek boats, so only those comfortable with the level of effort required and proximity to the open water should sign up.

$45 per person with Early Bird registration, $55 thereafter. Includes transportation, canoe rental, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Florida Chapter representative.

T10
South Florida Beach Districts

8:30 am-12:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

Broward County has some of the most intensely developed coastal areas in the country, and this tour will highlight its different types of beach front development. We will begin with the boardwalk of Hollywood Beach and its commercial development. Next, we’ll explore Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is bisected by a state highway, followed by Lauderdale by the Sea and Deerfield Beach, which have a smaller scale, village type atmosphere. The tour will also include residential development of beach areas from the high-rise condos of Pompano Beach to the opulence of the Hillsboro mile. Our next stop, John Lloyd State Park, will demonstrate a natural preservation approach to the urban beach front while our final stop at the Hillsboro Lighthouse will focus on historical preservation.

$30 per person with Early Bird registration, $40 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Florida Chapter representative.

T11
Fort Lauderdale’s Other Main Street

9:00 am-12:00 pm
Level of Walking: Low

Like so many cities, Fort Lauderdale was built on the banks of a river. However, the city has been successful in keeping its riverbanks as a front door to the community. This session will demonstrate how a waterway can be viable not only for industrial or recreational uses but also as a “Main Street” used by the city’s residents, connecting the residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional segments of everyday life. This tour will be conducted on a Water Bus, part of the county’s mass transit program. The Water Bus will pick participants up from their hotels and take them past Port Everglades, the yacht and marina district, and on to several riverfront stops. The stops will demonstrate a variety of river front uses, including the retail area of Las Olas Riverfront, historical Stranahan House, and the cultural facilities of the Museum of Science and Discovery.

Option to end your day with dinner (on own) at Riverwalk and return via Water Bus.
$35 per person with Early Bird registration, $45 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Florida Chapter representative.

T12
Historic Bonnet House
9:00 am-12:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate/High

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is actually a 35-acre subtropical estate, once the winter residence of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett and the Birch family. Filled with a delightful collection of art and personal treasures, the main house exudes a sense of charm and gracious living. The grounds of the estate are a virtual oasis of coastal wilderness and informal gardens, nestled amid the commercial development of the Fort Lauderdale beachfront. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens has survived with remarkable authenticity—reflecting the creative lifestyle of its artist owners and preserving the natural setting of Old South Florida. This tour will give participants an opportunity to see the entire home and estate, and will include a guided tour of the magnificent grounds, led by a locally published horticulturalist.

$45 per person with Early Bird registration, $55 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Robert Haehley, writer/horticulturist, South Florida Sun Sentinel.

T13
Flamingo Gardens

1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

This tour will provide an opportunity to explore lush botanical gardens with rare, exotic, and native plants, and an operating citrus grove. This site boasts an Everglades “free-flight” aviary, housing one of the largest collections of wading birds in America. Five ecosystems are represented through the display of native plants and a showcase of South Florida’s rare birds in their natural habitat. The gardens include one of the largest collections of towering champion trees in this area, accented with lush under-story plantings, water features, and displays of orchids, calatheas, and other unique plants. A xeriscape demonstration area displays various hardy plant materials, both native and exotic, which are appropriate for use in a low maintenance, minimal irrigation garden. The original residence of the gardens’ founders, Floyd L. and Jane Wray, was built in 1933, and remains a focal point. This tour will be partially guided, with some portions on an open tram and the balance as self-exploration on foot.

$40 per person with Early Bird registration, $50 thereafter. Includes transportation, afternoon break, and handout materials. Led by Albert A. Wil Jr, ASLA.

T14 - Sold Out
Miami Beach Deco Design and History

2:00 pm-9:00 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

Just on the other side of Biscayne Bay from Miami is the island city of Miami Beach, rich in Twentieth Century history. Embodying this history is the famous Art Deco and Miami Modern (MiMo) District, where an entire section of the city is designated a historical district and the art, architecture, and urbanism of the twenties and thirties is preserved and beautifully renovated in full splendor. Explore some of the city’s most magnificent restored Art Deco hotels with their very contemporary and resort style pool terraces and beach access designs. Walk down the newly built beach front recreational corridor and enjoy a taste of the famous South Beach night life with a visit to Monty’s Raw Bar and Marina.

$55 per person with Early Bird registration, $65 thereafter. Includes transportation, afternoon break, evening reception, and handout materials. Led by William Kerry, City of Miami Beach.


Tuesday, October 11th:

T15
Deep Sea Fishing
6:15 am-12:15 pm
Level of Walking: Low

Start your Tuesday off with a deep sea fishing trip off the coast of South Florida, one of the best saltwater fishing destinations in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to join your colleagues for fun-in-the-sun fishing adventure!

$75 per person with Early Bird registration; $85 thereafter. Includes transportation, all equipment rental, continental breakfast, and morning break. Led by Kevin R. Boyett, ASLA, Wilson Miller Design.
Limited to 45 people.

T16
Flamingo Gardens (Repeat)

1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

This tour will provide an opportunity to explore lush botanical gardens with rare, exotic, and native plants, and an operating citrus grove. This site boasts an Everglades “free-flight” aviary, housing one of the largest collections of wading birds in America. Five ecosystems are represented through the display of native plants and a showcase of South Florida’s rare birds in their natural habitat. The gardens include one of the largest collections of towering champion trees in this area, accented with lush under-story plantings, water features, and displays of orchids, calatheas, and other unique plants. A xeriscape demonstration area displays various hardy plant materials, both native and exotic, which are appropriate for use in a low maintenance, minimal irrigation garden. The original residence of the gardens’ founders, Floyd L. and Jane Wray, was built in 1933, and remains a focal point. This tour will be partially guided, with some portions on an open tram and the balance as self-exploration on foot.

$40 per person with Early Bird registration, $50 thereafter. Includes transportation, afternoon break, and handout materials. Led by Albert A. Wil Jr, ASLA.

T17
Historic Bonnet House (Repeat)

9:00 am-12:30 pm
Level of Walking: Moderate/High

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is actually a 35-acre subtropical estate, once the winter residence of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett and the Birch family. Filled with a delightful collection of art and personal treasures, the main house exudes a sense of charm and gracious living. The grounds of the estate are a virtual oasis of coastal wilderness and informal gardens, nestled amid the commercial development of the Fort Lauderdale beachfront. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens has survived with remarkable authenticity—reflecting the creative lifestyle of its artist owners and preserving the natural setting of Old South Florida. This tour will give participants an opportunity to see the entire home and estate, and will include a guided tour of the magnificent grounds, led by a locally published horticulturalist.

$45 per person with Early Bird registration, $55 thereafter. Includes transportation, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Robert Haehley, writer/horticulturist, South Florida Sun Sentinel.

 

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