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2004 Florida Statutes

Section 125.568, Florida Statutes 2004

125.568  Conservation of water; Xeriscape.--

(1)(a)  The Legislature finds that Xeriscape contributes to the conservation of water. In an effort to meet the water needs of this state in a manner that will supply adequate and dependable supplies of water where needed, it is the intent of the Legislature that Xeriscape be an essential part of water conservation planning.

(b)  "Xeriscape" or "Florida-friendly landscape" means quality landscapes that conserve water and protect the environment and are adaptable to local conditions and which are drought tolerant. The principles of Xeriscape include planning and design, appropriate choice of plants, soil analysis which may include the use of solid waste compost, practical use of turf, efficient irrigation, appropriate use of mulches, and proper maintenance.

(2)  The board of county commissioners of each county shall consider enacting ordinances requiring the use of Xeriscape as a water conservation measure. If the board determines that Xeriscape would be of significant benefit as a water conservation measure relative to the cost to implement Xeriscape landscaping in its area of jurisdiction, the board shall enact a Xeriscape ordinance. Further, the board of county commissioners shall consider promoting Xeriscape as a water conservation measure by: using Xeriscape in, around, or near facilities, parks, and other common areas under its jurisdiction which are landscaped after the effective date of this act; providing public education on Xeriscape, its uses as a water conservation tool, and its long-term cost-effectiveness; and offering incentives to local residents and businesses to implement Xeriscape landscaping.

(3)  A deed restriction or covenant entered after October 1, 2001, or local government ordinance may not prohibit any property owner from implementing Xeriscape or Florida-friendly landscape on his or her land.

History.--s. 5, ch. 91-41; s. 5, ch. 91-68; s. 2, ch. 2001-252.