Mangrove Trimming and Permit

BBECA completed navigational trimming on the main Breezeswept Beach Estates Canal in March 2019 at a cost of $9700. We wish to thank Radim Havlicek Tree Service who completed the work, and then donated $1400 in labor/machinery time to the project. We also wish to acknowledge the Looe Key Resort for their donation of $500 and use of their ramp/property to stage the cuttings.

A Monroe County ordinance “prohibits 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" and requires canal front property owners to keep their shoreline vegetation (including mangroves) trimmed. 

We encourage all property owners to trim their property on the canals to allow for the safe passage of boats. Our permit from the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) remains active and can be viewed below. The permit covers all properties on the interior canals but does NOT include open water lots/houses.  Owners of open water property can apply for and receive permission to trim by contacting the DEP in Marathon at 305-289-7070. See additional resources below.

As the trimming benefits all residents of Breezeswept Beach Estates and needs to be done periodically to keep the canal safe for navigation, we welcome individual contributions to rebuild the BBECA account. To contribute, go to and print out a copy of the "Membership Application." Mark your contribution for "Mangrove Trimming" and mail with your check as directed on the form. We thank you in advance.

If property owners have further questions, contact Paul Gerson, BBECA board member at 305-872-2780 or [email protected].

Resources for Mangrove Trimming Information:

Florida DEP Mangrove Frequently Asked Questions

Professional Mangrove Trimmers (Monroe County)


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