A storm or hurricane is not an excuse to clear vegetation, especially native vegetation, like mangroves or gumbo limbo, from your property. Sometimes it is necessary to remove vegetative debris but there are limits as to what can be cleared. Hurricane Irma proved that some property owners will take advantage of a storm for personal gain. This is illegal and code compliance follows up on illegal clearing complaints.
A list of native trees, as well as more information on the permitting requirements for the pruning and removal of native vegetation, can be found in Sections 114-103 and Chapter 118-9 of the Monroe County Land Development Code at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/codes or directly linked at https://library.municode.com/fl/monroe_county/codes/land_development_code?nodeId=CH114DEST_ARTIVLA_S114-103REMAPRRELABU and https://library.municode.com/fl/monroe_county/codes/land_development_code?nodeId=CH118ENPR_ARTIINGE_S118-9CLAL.
To report illegal clearing or vegetation, visit www.monroecounty-fl.gov/codecomplaint.
Preparing your yard during hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, is important. Clearing coconuts from palms and trimming foliage can help prevent loss of native and nonnative trees in the event of a storm and protect your property and your neighbor’s property from additional flying hazards. More information on hurricane preparedness can be found at www.monroecountyem.com.