Manatee County says they will now start handing out citations to people that are watering their lawns more than once a week. The citations will be issued only after the violators have been warned twice. On the third offense a citation will be issued. The first citation will carry a $50 fine, with subsequent violations resulting in potential fines of $100 to $500.
An employee has just completed the training needed in order to become certified to issue citations.
The watering restrictions will remain in effect until at least September 30th. They will then decide in September if it will be extended to a longer period of time or if they are going to change or remove the watering restrictions.