Fertilizer Ordinance Supporting Documents

The Board of County Commissioners of Manatee County finds that limiting the use of nitrogen and phosphorous based fertilizer is in the public interest since it reduces the potential for nutrient-laden runoff into Manatee County's freshwater, coastal and estuarine waters, thereby improving the quality of the County's waters and reducing the need to expend scarce public resources on water quality improvement projects. The full text of the adopted Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance (Ordinance 11-21) may be viewed by clicking the link in the box at the top of the right-hand column of this page.

Public Record

The ordinance was based upon sound scientific principles and a copy of all of the documentation reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners during adoption of the ordinance is available below. An index file has been prepared to help navigate this archive.