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Planning & Zoning Advisory Board

CITY OF NORTH PORT ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD

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Monday, March 4th, 2019 6:00 P.M.

ROOM 244 4970 CITY HALL BOULEVARD

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NORTH PORT, FL 34286

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY THE BOARD

3. PUBLIC COMMENT

4. EAB 2019 SCHEDULE: Re-approve monthly meetings and duration

5. MINUTES APPROVAL: December 3rd, 2018, and January 7th, 2019

6. PRESENTATION: Nicole Galehouse: Development Process in the West Villages: Wildlife Corridors

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and Open Spaces

7. OLD BUSINESS:

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7A Tree survivability provision pertaining to cutting and shaping of trees

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8. ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED 8A Annual report to City Commission

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8B Water Runoff and Pollution (Quality Data), Fertilizer discussion, -Herbicide Use 8C Preservation and Conservation of Land

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8D Environmental Outreach and Community Activity 8E Wildlife Corridors

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9. AGENDA ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

10. PUBLIC COMMENT

11. ADJOURNMENT

NOTE: One or more Commissioners may be present.

Beautification Tree/Scenic Highway Committee 1 Regular Member, 2 Alternates

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Charter Review Advisory Board 1 Regular Member, 2 Alternates

Community Economic Development Advisory Board 1 Financial Representative, 1 Home Owners Association Board Member Representative, 1 Higher Education/

School Board Member Representative, 1 Development/Engineering Planning Representative, 1 Land Use Attorney Representative; 1 Public Relations Representative
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Environmental Advisory Board 2 Alternate Members; 1 Youth Member

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Historic and Cultural Advisory Board 2 Regular Members, 2 Alternates

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Joint Management Advisory Board 1 North Port Citizen; 1 Member appointed by the North Port High School Principal

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Parks Recreation Advisory Board 2 Alternates; 1 Youth

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Planning Zoning Advisory Board 1 Regular Member, 2 Alternates

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Public Utility Advisory Board 3 Regular, 2 Alternates, 1 Alternate may be a youth 14-17

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Zoning Board of Appeals 1 Regular; 2 Alternates

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UPCOMING EXPIRATION DATES FOR BOARD MEMBERS

2019

03-28-19 Samuel Cohen Citizens Tax Oversight Committee

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03-28-19 Justin Willis Charter Review Advisory Board

04-11-19 Helen Marchese Parks Recreation Advisory Board

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04-11-19 David Wheatcroft Citizens Tax Oversight Committee

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04-13-19 Howard Henriksen Police Pension Board of Trustees (Elected by the Board)

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04-25-19 Richard Lindner Beautification Tree/Scenic Highway Committee

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04-27-19 Christine Glenn Beautification Tree/Scenic Highway Committee

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05-08-19 Kody Parsotan Parks Recreation Advisory Board

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05-08-19 Zhaneta Albritton Art Advisory Board

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05-23-19 Valerie LaBoy Citizens Tax Oversight Committee

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05-23-19 Alice White Citizens Tax Oversight Committee

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AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 - The North Port City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Special parking is available on the west side of City

Hall and the building may be accessed from the parking area. Persons with hearing difficulties should contact the City Clerk to obtain a hearing device for use during meetings.
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NONDISCRIMINATION: The City of North Port does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, family or

religious status in administration of its programs, activities or services.
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No stenographic record by a certified court reporter is made of these recordings. Accordingly, anyone seeking to appeal any of the decisions

involving the matters herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the meeting/testimony and evidence upon which any appeal is to be based. Copies of the tapes are available (for a fee) at the City Clerk s Office.
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Regular Meeting 01-07-19

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD

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MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019

Present: Edie Driest, Chair; Lauri Fern, Vice-Chair; Allain Hale; Verna Blaine; Carolann Palm-

Abramoff; Barbara Lockhart; Janet White, Alternate II; Staff Liaison David Jayroe,

Environmental Tech; and Recording Secretary Goodman.

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Absent: Alicia Accardi; and Ashley Higgins, Youth Member.

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The Regular Meeting of the Environmental Advisory Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in Room 244

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by Chair Driest followed by roll call.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Board.

3. PUBLIC COMMENT

Public comment was held from 6:01 p.m. to 6:11 p.m.

Alice White Tree Protection Ordinance and Gopher Tortoise protection. Commissioner Luke Unified Land Development Code re-write process, Tree

Ordinance and suggestion of hiring staff to work on week-ends to enforce the tree regulations.
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Senior Planner Nicole Galehouse announced that a Unified Land Development Code Workshop is

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scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Morgan Family Community

Center. Members were encouraged to attend.

4. MINUTES APPROVAL: December 3, 2018

This item was tabled to the next meeting.

5. PRESENTATION: DEBI OSBORNE, CONSERVATION FOUNDATION OF THE GULF

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COAST LAND CONSERVATION STRATEGIES

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Director of Land Protection, Debi Osbourne, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, introduced

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herself and provided background information and a PowerPoint presentation regarding Land

Conservation Strategies. The Conservation Foundation Fall 2018 Newsletter was distributed to Members.

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Discussion ensued regarding: 1) land conservation and Orange Hammock Ranch; 2) land erosion along

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waterways and protecting animal habitats and plant life; 3) it was noted that the Board can do the

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following to assist in land conservation including: a) becoming the eyes and ears of the community to identify properties to become part of land

conservation; b) working with the City Commission to make
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land conservation a priority, assist in the funding for this effort and finding other funding resources; c)

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educating the public on land conservation.

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6. APPROVAL OF 2019 CALENDAR: FREQUENCY AND DATES

Staff Liaison Jayroe reported that per direction of the City Manager, it was suggested that this Board meet

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quarterly rather than monthly. Going on the premise the following dates were suggested: 1) Monday,

April 1, 2019; 2) Monday, July 1, 2019; 3) Monday, October 7, 2019.

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Regular Meeting 01-07-19

Discussion ensued regarding: 1) the purpose of the Board meeting only quarterly; 2) scheduling meetings

during the day rather than evening meetings; 3) the time for the Board to establish priorities; 4) the

attendance of Members; 4) contacting the City Commission regarding the Board meeting quarterly

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instead of monthly as preferred; 5) the City Manager s authority to suggest the Board meet quarterly.

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Consensus for the Board to receive information on why it was requested that the Board meet quarterly,

to find a way for the Board to continue to meet monthly, for the City Commission to be informed of this

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decision and that the Board is flexible on the times of the meetings.

Discussion continued regarding scheduling a meeting for February 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. and meeting

monthly thereafter.

Chair Driest summarized the information provided by Stormwater Manager Wong at the previous

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meeting and noted that the Board provided input on the Tree Ordinance.

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Discussion continued regarding: 1) the purpose of the Board and the suggestion of the Board meeting

quarterly; 2) the consensus that passed at a previous meeting regarding the monthly meetings.

Staff Liaison Jayroe agreed to check on the probability of the Board meeting on February 4, 2019 at 6:00

p.m. and inform the Board when the next meeting is scheduled.

7. OLD BUSINESS

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7A Tree survivability provision pertaining to cutting and shaping of trees

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Vice-Chair Fern moved to move Agenda item 8D to be discussed following Agenda item 8B; seconded

by Board Member Hale. The motion carried unanimously.

Chair Driest summarized the discussion regarding this item at the previous meeting.

Discussion ensued regarding: 1) the City of Sarasota tree removal permit design; 2) permit displays at a

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new development; 3) the possibility of assigning individuals from the Board to gather information

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regarding items to be placed on the Agenda; 4) recommending staff direction as opposed to directing

staff.

Vice-Chair Fern moved to recommend that staff to provide more information regarding the City of

Sarasota tree clearing permit design; seconded by Board Member Blaine. The motion carried

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unanimously.

Discussion ensued regarding: 1) gopher tortoise habitats and developers tree clearing methodology to

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prove habitat protection.

8. ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED

8A Water Runoff and Pollution (Quality Data), Fertilizer discussion, - Herbicide Use

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Staff Liaison Jayroe provided the Board with an Aquatic Plant Control Permit issued by the Florida Fish

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and Wildlife Conservation Commission to the City of North Port regarding the use of herbicides to curtail

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the grown of certain aquatic plants.

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Regular Meeting 01-07-19

Per direction from the previous meeting, Board Member Lockhart provided information she gathered

regarding banning the use of the Glyphosate herbicide and the use of alternative herbicides. The information gathered was obtained from: 1) the City

of Miami Beach; 2) the City of Stewart, Florida; 3)
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Marion County who is in the process of addressing this issue. The presentation provided to the Martin

County Commission by Martin County staff regarding the use of Glyphosate herbicide could serve as an education tool for Members to watch and make

informed recommendations to the City Commission.
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The jurisdictions which have banned the use of Glyphosate herbicide are still researching alternative herbicides.

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Discussion ensued regarding: 1) the use of herbicide schedule in North Port; 2) an Erin Brockovich article

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regarding the use of herbicides and the effect on our food and water sources; 3) options to the use of

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herbicides could include Florida friendly landscaping, manual removal of invasive plants and other

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chemicals which can be used; 4) the use of certain herbicides being a human/animal health issues; 5) a

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review of the herbicides being considered by Miami Beach was provided; 6) the detrimental effects of

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using Round Up herbicide; 7) it was noted that Miami Beach is considering using the herbicide Sure Guard which is more expensive that the herbicide

Round Up ; 8) it was suggested that Board members research various jurisdiction s methodology for determining the effects of the use of herbicides and alternatives.
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Consensus of Board Member Lockhart to send Staff Liaison Jayroe the information she gathered to be

distributed to the Board for discussion at the next meeting.

8B Preservation and conservation of Land

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Discussion continues regarding: 1) the capability of native animals to access the State Forest on River

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Road as the development of West Villages moves forward and the natural green spaces after the

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development of West Villages; 2) the green space requirements in West Villages.

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Addressing a concern, Senior Planner Galehouse noted that West Villages was required to develop pattern

plans for each Village within West Villages which includes a requirement of a certain percentage of open

space be designated. The amount of open space required is dependent on the different Village s pattern books. Each development also goes through the

Staff Development Review process to ensure the
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requirements are being met.

Vice-Chair Fern moved to invite Marty Black, General Manager of West Villages and a representative

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from Planning and Zoning to inform the Board on West Villages, specifically regarding the open space

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requirements and how that analysis is done; seconded by Board Member Lockhart. The motion

carried unanimously.

8C Environmental Outreach and community Activity

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This item was tabled to the next meeting.

8D Wildlife Corridors

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Discussion ensued regarding: 1) Scrub Jay habitats; 2) lots for sale where Scrub Jay habitats are located;

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3) Spring Haven Road renovation being rejected due to wildlife corridors; 4) issues with entrances to the

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Jockey Club and Charleston Park.

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9. AGENDA ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Agenda items for the next meeting include the items on the current Agenda.

10. PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

11. ADJOURNMENT

Vice-Chair Fern moved to adjourn the January 7, 2019 Environmental Advisory Board Regular

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Meeting; seconded by Board Member Hale. The motion carried unanimously.

The Environmental Advisory Board Regular Meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

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EDIE DRIEST

CHAIR

Minutes of the Environmental Advisory Board Meeting

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approved this _____ day of ________, 2019.

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Regular Meeting 12-03-18

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD

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MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018

Present: Edie Driest, Chair; Lauri Fern, Vice-Chair; Allain Hale; Verna Blaine; Carolann Palm-

Abramoff; Barbara Lockhart; Janet White, Alternate II; Staff Liaison David Jayroe,

Environmental Tech; and Recording Secretary Goodman.

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Absent: Alicia Accardi; Michael Petrosky, Alternate I; and Ashley Higgins, Youth Member.

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Guest: Elizabeth Wong, Stormwater Manager

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The Regular Meeting of the Environmental Advisory Board was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in Room 244

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by Chair Driest followed by roll call.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Board.

3. PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

4. MINUTES APPROVAL: November 5, 2018

Discussion ensued: 1) following a concern referencing enforcement of the City s 35 canopy coverage, clarification was provided that Code Enforcement

oversees violations of that provision; 2) the minutes
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reflect the accuracy of the meeting procedures or discussions and may only be amended if an error is

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found in their transcription.

Board Member White moved to approve the Environmental Advisory Board Minutes for November 5,

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2018 as presented; seconded by Board Member Fern. The motion carried on a six-to-one (6-1) vote

with Board Member Blaine abstaining due to not having read them.

Concern was expressed regarding how a new homeowner can be informed when a permit is needed for

changes on his property.

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5. OLD BUSINESS:

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5A Tree Survivability provision pertaining to cutting and shaping of trees

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Staff Liaison Jayroe provided an overview and additional information regarding Commission direction to

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redefine the language pertaining to shaping and cutting of trees. A second Commission Workshop is

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scheduled for March 4, 2019 comparing local legislation from other municipalities.

Discussion ensued: 1) the Tree Ordinance does not include palm trees; 2) topics discussed at last month s meeting included: [a] when trees on one

property impinges on a neighbor s property and [b] tree trimming on commercial property that is not conducive to long-term survivability; 3) after the March Workshop,
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the Board could review the comparisons as discussed by the Commission and compare it to the City s Ordinance.

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Board Member Blaine moved that the Environmental Advisory Board keep Agenda Item 5.A. on the

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agenda to receive updates as they become available; seconded by Board Member White. The motion

carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Commissioner Luke: the Commission direction pertaining to reviewing Tree Ordinances.

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It was noted that the March 4, 2019 Commission Workshop will include a side-by-side comparison of

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other municipal Tree Ordinances.

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6. ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED

6A Water Runoff and Pollution (Quality Data), Fertilizer discussion, Elizabeth Wong

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Stormwater Manager Elizabeth Wong provided an introduction and a PowerPoint overview of fertilizers,

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Ordinance No. 2007-45 and Resolution No. 2018-R-26.

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Discussion ensued: 1) stormwater harvesting was explained in places like IslandWalk; 2) the proposed

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New Resident Welcome Kit could include information regarding fertilizers; 3) other events that City Staff

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attends to inform the public include Newcomers Day and the Public Works Sponsored Road-E-O; 4) after it was explained that the current Ordinance only

restricts fertilizing turf during the restricted season
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but the proposed legislation will expand that to turf and landscape plants, it was suggested that using

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native drought-tolerant plants may help; 5) it was noted that aeration devices in ponds helps to heal the

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waters and control algae by introducing oxygen and keeping the waters moving; 6) a discussion regarding

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different kinds of herbicides would be a much longer discussion item.

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Board Member Blaine moved to add an agenda item at a future date to learn about what alternative

types of herbicides are available; seconded by Board Member Palm-Abramoff. The motion carried

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unanimously.

It was requested that staff determine what product the City currently uses to treat weeds to compare with

the herbicide discussion.

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After Ms. Wong asked the Board if they had any recommendations to change or add to the proposed

fertilizer Ordinance, discussion ensued: 1) the Board favored extending the restricted season by one

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month as stated previously by Ms. Wong; 2) to promote native plants and encourage non-fertilization; 3)

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clarification was stated that a law cannot be more restrictive that State Statutes unless there are specific

reasons to justify why higher restrictions are needed.

The recommendations to the City Commission from Board Members, to be included in the proposed

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revision to the North Port fertilizer legislation were as follows: 1) Extend restricted season from June 1 to

September 30, to June 1 to October 31 as the rainy season appears to be longer than September 30; 2)

Restrict fertilizing both Turf and Landscape plants. Current North Port ordinance only restricts Turf

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during the restricted season; 3) Reduce application rate of nitrogen by half from a maximum 4 pounds per

1,000 square-feet per year to a maximum of 2 pounds per 1,000 square-feet per year; 4) Encourage using

no phosphorus as there is naturally occurring phosphorus in our region; 5) Delete Decals requirements.

Require Commercial Fertilizer Applicators to keep a copy of the best management practices training

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certificate in vehicle.

There was a consensus to approve the bullet-point recommendations made by Stormwater Manager

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Elizabeth Wong and she will present them to the Commission for discussion.

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6B Preservation and Conservation of Land

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Staff Liaison Jayroe reported that the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is willing to attend a

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meeting next month and give a presentation regarding preservation and conservation of land.

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Chair Driest noted that generally speaking, the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast concerns

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parcels outside of North Port and the Board s duty is to the City and there are many lots which have been escheated due to non-payment of taxes and

now the City owns. It was suggested that those lots could be
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