Lake County Update
On Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9AM, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will hear from the Keep Lake Beautiful (KLB) Advisory Committee regarding their recommendations on changes to the fertilizer ordinance passed by Lake County earlier this year. At that time, the BCC indicated they would reconsider additional restrictions at a later date, which is now here. The address for the meeting is 315 West Main Street, Tavares, Florida.
It is our understanding that the KLB will recommend that Lake County adopt an ordinance consistent with the so-called strong ordinance passed by Seminole County. That ordinance contains a four-month fertilizer blackout and contains no exemptions for licensed lawn-care professionals or BMP-trained homeowners.
EREF will be submitting written comments related to the prospective changes to the ordinance and encourages green industry stakeholders to show up at the meeting on the 25th to express their concerns about the punitive nature of the blackouts and/or the critical need for appropriate exemptions. If you cannot make the meeting, please contact the BCC by phone or email with your concerns. The link to their contact information follows:
For a good review of the issues and talking points, please review the following link to a letter sent to the City of Sanford who recently considered a similar ordinance and VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO INCLUDE EXEMPTIONS FOR LICENSED LAWN-CARE PROFESSIONALS AND BMP-TRAINED HOMEOWNERS.
EREF will continue to engage Lake County and its staff on this matter with the hope of arriving at outcomes like those achieved in Orange County, the City of Sanford, Citrus County and elsewhere.
Thank you for all you do for your industry.