Here are some regulations that may affect your property…
- Your Drainage System
The Lee County Land Development Code (LDC)requires all surface water management systems to mimic the function of natural systems, which include improving water quality, stabilizing shorelines and providing habitat for a variety of aquatic species.
A stormwater management system that has lost it’s structure and integrity can become a source of pollution. It can cause flooding to upstream areas such as parking lots, as well as areas downstream not designed to contain flood water.
The EPA and state water quality agencies realize the impact that stormwater has on streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Strict and complex federal, state and local laws regulate stormwater for flood prevention and pollution control.
- Your Trees
Worker’s compensation insurance protects both you and the company’s employees by covering any injury that an employee sustains by working on your property. Each worker’s compensation class has a unique rate assigned to it based on the likelihood of workplace injuries for the group of employees throughout the state that are assigned to that class code. If a landscaper has to leave the ground to trim a tree, the company’s basic landscape worker’s compensation will no longer cover him. A specific tree worker’s (Arborist) compensation must be carried to prevent any liability on the property owner’s behalf.
- Your Shoreline
Any lake bank with a slope sheerer than 4:1 (4 horizontal feet of slope are required for every a 1 foot of vertical drop ) can create either a drop-off or gully. South Florida Water Management District uses a nine (9) inch bank drop-off as its compliance criteria meaning if SFWMD personnel perform a lake bank inspection and the drop off exceeds 9 inches, it will be considered a non‐compliance issue and require remediation.
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) considers the retrieval and placement of soil from within the stormwater lake on the exposed/eroded bank as a maintenance activity that does not require a permit.