Months before the bulk of seasonal residents are expected to arrive, golf courses across Collier County, Florida, are being replenished, their edges trimmed and tee boxes maintained.
Landscaping companies rely on temporary foreign workers for the additional manpower, as do hotels and country clubs during the traditional season. Home to many country clubs and resorts, Naples, Florida ranks second in demand for such workers statewide, according to the Department of Labor.
This year, some local employers ran into unprecedented issues due to an unusually high demand for temporary work visas.
The specific strain of grass used for Florida golf courses, Bermuda grass, lays dormant after November, which is why landscaping companies need workers to tend to its growth during the summer.
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