BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County’s new fertilizer ordinance restricting users to certain times of the year went into effect Jan. 1.
Ron Pianta, assistant county administrator for planning & development, will update the county commission Tuesday on how it’s going.
Specifically, the ordinance regulates how, where and when fertilizers can be applied to plants and grass. It includes a limited application season from Jan. 1 through March 31 of each year. During this time period, only professional applicators who are trained, certified and registered according to the terms of the ordinance may apply fertilizer.
The only forms of nitrogen fertilizer that may be applied during this period are those that are labeled as slow- or controlled-release.
Commissioners are hoping the ordinance will help the Weeki Wachee Springs system, where the level of nitrogen has almost doubled since the 1920s and was listed as “verified impaired due to nutrients” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The board partnered with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to develop an education outreach program to spread the word about the ordinance’s environmental safeguards.
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♦ County commissioners will discuss passing an ordinance that would prohibit people from lying down or sleeping on mass transit buses, in bus shelters or on the sidewalks surrounding those shelters during bus operating hours.
County staffers said the ordinance is needed because reclining in such locations is not only dangerous for the person but is disruptive and inconvenient to adults, children, special needs people or disabled riders attempting to use or travel on buses. The prohibitions do not apply to someone sleeping while sitting on a bench and the prohibitions are not in effect 24 hours a day.
♦ American Aviation plans to purchase an existing corporate hangar at 17076 Flight Path Drive and commissioners have placed it on the agenda for possible discussion. The hangar is situated on 2.6 acres of property adjacent to the airport’s primary runway and will be used to expand the company’s flight training program. The purchase agreement calls for American Aviation to pay the county $6,795 for the first year with incremental increases the first five years.
♦ The Florida Library Association awarded the Hernando County Public Library System with the 2014 Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations award. Commissioners have included the honor on the agenda for possible public recognition.
The county commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main St. in downtown Brooksville.
To view the entire agenda and the staff reports, visit http://www.co.hern ando.fl.us/.