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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:05

Action! Palm Bay Feb. 6: Fertilizer

Written by  Team SCPA


7pm Thurs. Feb. 6
Palm Bay City Council Fertilizer Ordinance Hearing

Palm Bay City Hall, Council Chambers, 120 Malabar Rd SE, near intersection Malabar Rd and Minton Rd

The Indian River Lagoon is dying. Pollutants include fertilizer nutrients (nitrogen especially) largely from grass lawns; septic tank discharge; faulty sewage treatment; farm runoff; and other. The easiest problem to correct is fertilizer use, by implementing sensible fertilizer restrictions. Strong fertilizer ordinances have resulted in waterway recoveries on Florida's west coast.

Meanwhile, fertilizer and chemical industry fights restraints of any kind and mobilizes lawn maintenance workers to fight restrictive ordinances at every hearing.

Sad fact is, many city council members will not act in the greater public interest unless there is a big display of citizen concern to support their action. Others seek compromises that will be short of the bold action that the dire circumstances require. The lagoon means $3.8 BILLION dollars every year to the Indian River Lagoon region. Strong action is required -- now or never. YOU can help do something about this.

Please attend and speak up!

If you cannot attend, please send email to Palm Bay city council members: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please recruit as many Palm Bay residents as you know, ask them to attend and/or send email.

See exceptionally good email message (below) sent by Dave Botto, on Board of Directors of Marine Resources Council.


Do YOU know somebody in Palm Bay who should be alerted?


An email letter to Palm Bay City Council about Fertilizer Ordinance

FROM: David Botto, Marine Resources Council
Dear Mayor Capote and Distinguished Members of the Palm Bay City Council;

As you probably know, the following communities have passed strong fertilizer ordinances to help reduce the nutrient pollution in our lagoon. In addition, the Brevard County Commission has scheduled a reconsideration of their ordinance.
    •    Rockledge
    •     Grant-Valkaria
    •    Cocoa Beach
    •    Titusville
    •    Melbourne Village
    •    Cape Canaveral
    •    St. Lucie County
    •    Indian River County
    •    Martin County
    •    Vero Beach
    •    Sewalls Point
    •    Indian Harbour Beach
A strong ordinance has been proved, in over 50 Florida communities, to effect dramatic, short term reduction of surface water nutrient pollution. It has also proven to be a "no downside" action - yards are healthy, enforcement is not a problem as the ordinance meets its objective of public acceptance, education and motivation. Recently I spoke with Thomas Barwin, Sarasota City Administrator, and he said in six years of a strong ordinance they have had no problems of significance. Lawn maintenance businesses are thriving. He also said sea grass coverage in Sarasota Bay now exceeds 1950s levels and is still expanding at a rate of 730 acres per year. I also spoke with Mark Alderson, ED of the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program and he echoed the words of Mr. Barwin - the fishery is growing and no significant complaints from homeowners and lawn businesses.

I have attached a portion of the St. Lucie County ordinance for your review of the preamble, the 'whereas' section, as it is a well written statement of the reality.

I ask you to join these courageous communities and do the right thing for our lagoon fishery and all of us.

David Botto

Thanks to David Botto for allowing us to share his email message here. Compiled by Team SCPA.


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