Did You Know?
- Mangroves can reduce storm surge by slowing the flow of water and reducing surface waves.
- Dunes protect beaches from erosion and help to lessen flooding during coastal storms.
- The State’s Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) program protects beaches and dunes from construction that could weaken, damage, or destroy the integrity of beach and dune systems that help protect against flooding.
Only Rain Down The Drain
Pet wastes, oil and other materials that get into stormdrains flow directly into the intracoastal waterway.
It is illegal to dump anything into any stormdrain or waterway. It is also illegal to leave your pet’s waste on the ground. The city of Madeira Beach enforces these rules and violators are fined per ordinance.
There are numerous Stormwater inlets on public and private properties in the City. The Public Works Department inspects these inlets to determine if they are being maintained. If you see anyone dumping trash, lawn clippings, etc. into these inlets, contact the public works department 727-399-2631
Sea Oats help to stabilize the sand dunes and prevent erosion; especially in the threat of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Their addition to the coastal ecosystem also provides food and shelter to wildlife. Sea Oats are protected by State Law. It is unlawful to pick sea oats. The city of Madeira Beach participates in and supports Pinellas County’s annual efforts of planting additional sea oats by partnering with the County in the Sea Oat Planting Program.
Mangrove Trimming Program
Mangroves are protected by the State’s “Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act” and the enforcement of this statute has been delegated to Pinellas County. The Pinellas County Commission subsequently adopted a Countywide ordinance regulating the trimming of mangroves.
Staff biologists and arborists work closely with homeowners and trimmers to protect the important functions of these plant communities and to ensure that all trimming is consistent with the Pinellas County Municode Chapter 166 / Division 3 – Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Code.
- To trim mangroves in Pinellas County, you must either qualify for one of the exemptions in the code or obtain a permit.
- Please call (727) 453-3385 for any questions.