REDINGTON SHORES – Strict new rules regarding the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorous and lawn maintenance practices were enacted by the Town Commission at its June 11 meeting.
The regulations take effect immediately.
The law’s intent is to minimize the environmental effects associated with the use of these fertilizers on the town’s stormwater and drainage conveyances, canals, estuaries, freshwater wetlands and Tampa Bay.
Though the ordinance deals mostly with fertilizer restrictions, Redington Shores Commissioner Lee Holmes pointed out a section on the management of grass clippings. Residents are required to keep the clippings in their yards, and out of “stormwater drains, ditches, conveyances, surface waters, roadways or gutters.”
Holmes said citizens routinely violate this by placing their grass on the curb or by the side of the road.
This practice fouls up operation of the town’s new clean water drainage system, Vice Mayor John Branch said. “All the grass goes down into a defender, and we have to pay people to clean it out,” he said.
Branch said residents need to be aware of and obey the grass clipping rules.
“This is an environmental thing. It’s very important,” he said. “It’s something we need to take care of immediately.”
Oil spill contingency plans
A massive volunteer effort is planned to pick up dirt and debris from the beach if the Gulf oil spill threatens the area, police Major Terry Hughes told the commission. Hughes is site captain for the event, part of the county’s beach cleanup group.
Hughes said 150 volunteers will be directed to three staging areas for the debris cleanup effort, which will take place if the spill is expected to arrive within 48 hours. Citizens will be told to handle only debris, and not to touch any oil, he said.
Aerial photos of the Redington Shores-Indian Shores shoreline were taken recently to show the pristine condition of the beaches, Commissioner Casey Wojcik said.