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"Cut the Grass" Ordinance for Golden Gate Estates

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avatarUdut, Kenneth -- on Dec. 12 2008, from Golden Gate Estates, Naples, FL
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Not a big deal, really. Cut a 30 foot swath around your house to a max of 6 inches high for firefighters to work around if needed.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Recommendation to obtain direction from the Board of County Commissioners to amend the appropriate portions of the Litter, Weed and Exotics Control Ordinance found in the Collier County Code of Laws and Ordinances, specifically relating to the abatement of weed, grass and other similar overgrowth in excess of 18 inches in height to include a requirement that presently exempt Estates zoned lots be required to have a 30-foot area around any permitted structure on the lot mowed to a length of less than 6 inches in height.


OBJECTIVE:

To obtain the Board of County Commissioner’s direction to amend the appropriate portions of the Litter, Weed and Exotics Control Ordinance found in the Collier County Code of Laws and Ordinances, specifically relating to the abatement of weed, grass and other similar overgrowth in excess of 18 inches in height to include a requirement that presently exempt Estates zoned lots be required to have a 30-foot area around any permitted structure on the lot mowed to a length of less than 6 inches in height.

CONSIDERATION:

Law enforcement officers have advised the Code Enforcement Department of crime and fire prevention issues arising from the exemption of Estates zoned lots from the prohibition upon the accumulation of weeds, grass and other overgrowth in excess of 18 inches in height. Additionally the accumulation of the overgrowth has a negative impact on property value. This situation has been exacerbated by the lack of property maintenance in the Estates zoned areas due to the large number of foreclosures in that area. Amending the appropriate portions of the Litter, Weed and Exotics Control Ordinance to require that owners of Estate zoned lots mow a 30-foot wide strip around the permitted structures on such lots will alleviate this concern.

FISCAL IMPACT

IMPACT:

During FY08 the Code Enforcement Department contracted for 206 abatement of weeds and grass overgrowth with an average cost of $250.00 per lot. The Code Enforcement budget for FY08 was $120,000 but the expenditure exceeded this amount by an additional $21,000. Additional code requirements to include the Estates zoned lots will certaintly exceed the current budgeted dollar amount of $120,000. Costs associated with nuisance abatement services are budgeted from Fund 111. Nuisance abatement expenses are generally recovered through invoices sent to affected property owners. A lien is placed on the property if invoices are not paid.

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS:

: The Board of County Commissioners has the legal authority to adopt legislation in the interest of the public health, safety and general welfare. The proposed amendment would alleviate fire and crime prevention concerns. This item is not quasi-judicial.

This item requires a simple majority vote. This item has been reviewed by the County Attorney’s Office and is legally sufficient for Board action. (MMSS)

GROWTH MANAGEMENT IMPACT:

There is no growth management impact associated with this Executive Summary.

RECOMMENDATION

RECOMMENDATION: That the Board of County Commissioners authorize staff to amend the appropriate portions of the Litter, Weed and Exotics Control Ordinance found in the Collier County Code of Laws & Ordinances, specifically relating to the abatement of weed, grass and other similar overgrowth in excess of 18 inches in height to include a requirement that presently exempt Estates zoned lots be required to have a 30-foot area around any permitted structure on the lot mowed to a length of less than 6 inches in height.
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