Rick Scott joins PGA to announce new global home

Rick Scott PGA

The PGA footprint in St. Johns County has sprawled over the decades, now encompassing 17 buildings.

That will change soon.

Gov. Rick Scott joined PGA Tour officials to announce that the  187,000 sq. foot “new global home” of the PGA Tour will be in northeastern St. Johns.

It is expected to be built by 2020 — a state of the art space with open office plans, natural lighting, and all of the other earmarks of the 21st century workspace.

300 new jobs will be created, adding to the 800 now, via this public private partnership.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said that the collaboration between governments and the PGA Tour was “second to none,” as he credited a phalanx of politicians and entities — everyone from Sen. Travis Hutson and the St. Johns County Commission to Gov. Scott, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, and Enterprise Florida.

The plan started to come together 15 years ago, Monahan said.

 “We are excited for the opportunity to continue to grow here in St. John’s County and believe the PGA TOUR’s new home will become a sense of pride for the entire area and state of Florida while allowing us to become more efficient in the way we communicate, collaborate and operate as an organization,” Monahan added.

“Although we have a growing international presence with offices and tournaments around the world,” Monahan asserted, “the PGA TOUR and our employees are very proud to be locally based and active members of the First Coast and Ponte Vedra Beach community.”

Scott, calling Florida the “golfing capital of the world,” cited tax and regulation cuts as reasons PGA opted to consolidate operations in SJC.

In a statement, Enterprise Florida CEO Peter Antonacci asserted that the “board is enthusiastic about the PGA TOUR expanding their global headquarters in Ponte Vedra,” calling the facility build a “win for Northeast Florida families.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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