Pasco County Extension

Senate Bill 2080:  Legislation of Florida-Friendly Landscaping 

How can Senate Bill 2080 be summarized?

This bill:

  • deletes references to "xeriscape";
  • requires water management districts to provide model Florida-friendly landscaping™ ordinances to local governments;
  • requires each district to use materials developed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and the Center for Landscape Conservation & Ecology/Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program;
  • requires the water management districts to coordinate with FDEP and UF/IFAS, if revisions to the educational materials are needed;
  • says that a deed restriction or covenant may not prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping™ on his or her land;
  • says that a local government ordinance may not prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping™ on his or her land;
  • says that local governments must use the Florida-friendly landscaping standards and guidelines when developing landscape irrigation and Florida-friendly landscaping™ ordinances.
  • Read Senate Bill 2080 in its entirety.
  • Questions and Answers on Legislative Bills SB494 and SB2080
  • What Is Florida-Friendly Landscaping™?
  • The Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

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