Naples City Council takes second look at fertilizer ban

Thaddeus Mast, Naples Daily NewsPublished 3:59 p.m. ET Oct. 14, 2018 | Updated 5:32 p.m. ET Oct. 14, 2018

Golden Gate stunned the Golden Eagles by taking a halftime lead, but Naples came to life in the second half on Friday, Oct. 13, 2018.Wochit

The Naples City Council is taking a second look at a revised fertilizer ban ending the rainy season blackout date for the use of nutrient-rich fertilizer that can cause red tide growth.

Tightening the use of fertilizers in dry season and expanding clean zones around bodies of water will also be discussed at Monday's 8:30 a.m. workshop meeting.

In September the council passed a revised ordinance that did away with a June 1 to Sept. 30 blackout period, which had prohibited the use of nitrogen- and phosphorous-based fertilizers during rainy season.

Instead, the ordinance now prohibits fertilizer application "when soils are saturated, heavy rain is likely, or during a storm or flood watch/warning."

Collier County currently implements a similar fertilizer policy and is hosting its own workshop in February to determine if changes are needed. Naples is invited and is considering presenting its opinions to commissioners.

During a windy day along the Gulf of Mexico Ken and Arleen Ferguson, seasonal residents from Jackson, N.J.,, escape the wind and move inland to comfortably relax under one of the city's three kayak racks at Third Avenue North on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Naples. "It's an oasis," Ken Ferguson joked. The racks, available for rent to residents, as well as five other locations, might be removed as Naples considers discontinuing its Boats on the Beach program. Luke Franke/Naples Daily News

Boats on the Beach

Councilors will also look at the Boats on the Beach program allowing residents to store sailboats in five locations along Naples' waterfront.

Debate has surrounded the program since February when the Community Services Advisory Board voted to end the program. The vote was reversed once a more environmentally friendly ordinance was created to stop boats from encroaching on state-protected dunes and sea oats.

In September the CSAB voted to expand the number of beach storage stands while reducing the number of boats at each location. Officials state the five locations are congested and cannot conform to the current ordinance.

A chained up Hobie Cat sits adjacent to residents and tourists alike as they soak up the sun at the Central Avenue access point Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Naples. The sailboat is a part of the city's Boats on the Beach program. (Photo: Luke Franke/Naples Daily News)