We need Florida-Friendly Development
In some instances we can not just stop development without facing huge lawsuits, but why can’t we require Florida-Friendly planting to be a part of it?
We know the nutrient runoff from all these too-green, irrigated, and fertilized yards is just exasperating any attempt to control red tide. So promoting Florida-Friendly developments is the only way that you’re not working with the devil. And it’s not been a topic in City Hall. We didn’t even set an example when we did the Downtown Beautification project; instead we installed St. Augustine and irrigation.
This must change. I even think green development would attract a differentiated buyer that would be happy to be in a forward-looking community. I want us to be that example . . .
What about existing Communities?
Below is a link to Best Management Practices (BMP) for Florida Friendly HOA and Non-HOA Landscaping and Vegetative Maintenance. Everyone who buys in an HOA managed subdivision wishes for an attractive setting that is maintained mostly by committees and the HOA hired contractors and board. Gated or otherwise, residents move in and out of their HOA subdivision and go about their daily business, no doubt appreciating the landscaping and grounds keeping they see along their way. This document is designed to be a short guide about Best Management Practices (BMP) for Florida HOA’s that can help committee members, boards, and residents assure that their HOA is doing things that do no harm, or at the very least, do minimal harm to the environment... Click below for a Florida friendly guide.