Our environment and the quality of life for all the people need to be considered first.
The American Planning Association has stated that clear-cutting for development is both “economically imprudent and environmentally unsound”, but it is how we continue to develop land.
When we continue to battle Florida’s fragile but challenging environment, whether in our own yards or on large scale development projects, we are ensuring unsustainable development.
We must insist on measures that will reduce the man-made nutrients that are exacerbating the occurrences of red tide and toxic algae blooms.
The landscape requirements for homesites and housing developments should include the basic principles of having a Florida-friendly yard by reducing grass areas and/or installing a drought-tolerant grass that does NOT require irrigation and fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides.
A larger percentage of preserved green spaces need to be set aside in development projects and not allowed to be compromised.