Bays and waterways contribute to the quality of life in Florida. Waterfront owners can help protect these fragile natural treasures by following these tips:
- Never prune mangroves or remove any vegetation without first seeking proper permits and guidelines.
- Establish a maintenance-free zone of at least 10 feet between your landscape and a water body.
- Remove invasive exotic aquatic plants by cutting, pulling or raking.
- Plant a buffer zone of low-maintenance plants between your lawn and shoreline to absorb nutrients and to provide wildlife habitat.