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Thursday, November 06, 2008

County adopts new regulations on fertilizer use

Published November 5, 2008 - Ocala Star-Banner
Marion County commissioners on Tuesday passed new regulations on fertilizer use, the first piece of a set of broader comprehensive rules designed to protect the community's springs and groundwater.

Kesselring's revisions included: the striking of a proposed "blackout" period for applying fertilizers; raising the maximum limits of fertilizer that could be applied; so-called "fertilizer free" zones were changed to permit greater fertilizing of such areas; penalties for offenders were downgraded to emphasize education over punishment; and the effective date of the ordinance was put on hold for six months so the county's five municipalities could review the law and determine whether they wanted to adopt a similar measure.

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