Over Watering Your Lawn Could End Up Costing You

By
Industry Observer with No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.

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.

Comments (9)

Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
water restictions are necessary in some areas. Also over watering can actually cause fungas problems too. This is an issue we can have in our area during the summer months. high humidity area you know :-)
Aug 01, 2007 10:53 AM
Becky Troutt
No longer practicing real estate as of 2008. - Bradenton, FL
We are getting into the rainy season here anyhow.  So we likely will get rain every afternoon for the next few months.
Aug 01, 2007 08:51 PM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage
Holy cow!  We have been getting so much rain the past couple days, I can't even imagine touching the sprinklers.  Gotta love rainy season in Florida! 
Aug 01, 2007 10:55 PM
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager
We don't do much watering here in the summer.  This year has been really nice, too.
Aug 02, 2007 02:15 AM
Becky Troutt
No longer practicing real estate as of 2008. - Bradenton, FL
Yes, we have been getting a lot of rain every day.  No need for the sprinklers anyhow right now.
Aug 02, 2007 08:45 AM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Don't take this wrong, but that is someone with a power trip and has way to much time on their hands.

Aug 02, 2007 05:13 PM
Becky Troutt
No longer practicing real estate as of 2008. - Bradenton, FL
It just makes no sense this time of year....we are in the rainy season when it rains nearly every single day.
Aug 03, 2007 11:01 PM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon
OK - Thanks for the clarification, if it is raining everyday already, you are right. You should be watering your lawn everyday, but still it seems silly to be wasting tax payer money on chasing lawn watering
Aug 06, 2007 06:00 AM
Becky Troutt
No longer practicing real estate as of 2008. - Bradenton, FL
Well you know they need to find some way to waste some tax payer's money....right?
Aug 07, 2007 01:09 AM