Legislative Call to Action

A Weekly Update About Something You Can Do While the Florida Legislature is in Session

January 19, 2022

SB 518:  Residential Home Protection

In 2019, the Florida Legislature passed a law that banned local governments from enforcing many of their tree ordinances. This left cities and counties powerless to protect healthy trees from people with less than good intentions. The law led to abuses, including the clear-cutting of land and the removal of healthy trees that presented little, if any, risk to people or buildings.  This is a Home Rule issue affecting the environment, the aesthetics of our neighborhoods and our beautiful trees.
The Solution
FL Senate Bill  518, that puts tree removal and trimming back into the hands of local government not distant Tallahassee lawmakers, cleared its first committee yesterday. 
Next, it must pass in the Senate Government Oversight & Accountability Committee. Lucky for us, a local legislator, Senator Jeff Brandes chairs this committee.
How You Can Help
Please call his local office at 563-2100 and/or send a quick email to say:  I want my city to be able to regulate tree removal.   Please put the tree trimming bill on your next committee agenda.
Here’s his email address: brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov
Thank you for your advocacy!

Clearwater Greenprint

In 2011, Clearwater Greenprint was adopted through the help of many residents, businesses, and city staff members. Clearwater Greenprint creates a vision to make the city of Clearwater a vibrant community for current residents and future generations. in 2021, Clearwater Greenprint 2.0 was published to advance that vision.

The copy of the presentation that was given to the CNC during our meeting is here:

Download a copy of the presentation here.

Building Better Neighborhoods Through Home Gardening and Florida Friendly Landscaping

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Gardening can be both a hobby and a healthy, rewarding way of life. In this this four-week virtual conference series, you’ll learn secrets from local professionals for growing your own vegetables, fruit, and flowers, and for making your grass and landscaping thrive sustainably.

Dates – The first Tuesday of every week in February, from 7:00 pm to 8 p.m.

February 2nd: Here we grow: Whether you grow food or flowers, science can help. Learn how to prepare the soil, water environmentally, use appropriate fertilizer and compost.

February 9th: What nobody ever told you about the birds and the bees: In this session, we will hear from local native plant and ecosystem experts on how you can attract and support pollinators.

February 16th: Where does your garden grow? Whether you live in a private home or an apartment, there’s a gardening option to fit everyone, including patio gardens, community gardens, food forests, school gardens, rain gardens.

February 23rd: An introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping. The session will discuss how to select the right plants so that you can protect our precious resources, save money and have an attractive, low maintenance yard. Lead by Doris Heitzman, Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Program Manager at UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension.

BBN 2021 Series Information Brochure(.pdf)

Visit the Clearwater website for more information: www.myclearwater.com/bbn

Landings Project

Here is our discussion board and video on the Landings Project:

The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition hosted a presentation about the Landings Project. Speakers presented reasons for and against this project. This was an opportunity to inform yourself about this issue that you will be voting on in the November 2020 election.

Questions to ask presenters were emailed to Connect@clearwaterneighborhoods.org  Thank you for your help with these questions.

• Against – Elizabeth Drayer, Environmental Attorney (Ret.)
• Informational – Bryan Beckman, Vice-Chair Suncoast Sierra Club, Florida Chapter, Suncoast Group
• For – Brigiia Shouppe – Strategic Communications
• For – Kyle Parker – B2Communications

Informational Links
2020 Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition Landings Presentation Package
Clearwater Greenprint
Clearwater Economic Development Plan
City Council Discussion – “Redevelopment of the Landings Golf Course Site”

Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition