Mangrove Trimming

Mangroves are a natural part of our tropical environment, but when they proliferate on canal banks and interfere with navigation, they can be a serious problem.

On December 19, 2001 the Monroe County Commission adopted an ordinance “prohibiting the owners of real property from causing, suffering or permitting trees or other vegetation from their property to interfere with vessels traveling upon navigable canals.”  This ordinance requires canal front property owners to keep their shoreline vegetation (including mangroves) trimmed back to the canal bank, and calls for prosecution of violations as misdemeanors, punishable by fines up to $500 or up to 60 days imprisonment.

The trimming of mangroves requires a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection, which BBECA acquired.

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