Fertilizers (Oppose – Preemption & Mandate)

Fertilizers (Oppose – Preemption & Mandate)

HB 157 (Thompson) requires all municipalities and counties to adopt and enforce the Model Ordinance for Florida-Friendly Fertilizer Use on Urban Landscapes. Local governments would be permitted to adopt ordinances more stringent than the model ordinance upon demonstrating the additional requirements are necessary to address nutrient impairment. The bill appears to eliminate current law provisions that “grandfather” local government fertilizer ordinances adopted prior to 2009. The bill would further mandate all municipalities and counties to require the use of fertilizers that contain a slow-release nitrogen component for residential lawn use. The bill would require municipalities and counties located within an area where stormwater runoff flows to an estuary to implement and enforce a residential fertilizer ban from June 1 to September 30. In addition, municipalities and counties within such areas would be required to identify setbacks from water bodies and prohibit the application of fertilizer on residential lawns within those setbacks. (O’Hara)