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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Florida-Friendly Landscaping inspires love it or loathe it feelings in The Villages

Love it or loathe it, Florida-Friendly Landscaping celebrates its 28th birthday this month.

Based on a core of nine principles, Florida-Friendly Landscaping promotes low-impact, sustainable, environmentally friendly landscapes that conserve water, reduce pollutant loading to Florida waters and protect Florida’s natural resources.

Kicking off in February 1993 with a $75,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, that agency partnered with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to form Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Since its modest start, Florida-Friendly Landscaping has grown into a comprehensive statewide program that is active in 51 of Florida’s 67 counties.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping doesn’t always receive a warm welcome in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Fresh Florida-Friendly Landscaping has been planted at the home at 2113 Sansores St. This photo was taken earlier this month.

A home owned by New Jersey snowbirds at 2111 Sansores St. in the Village of Santo Domingo has recently fallen under scrutiny for its Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Next-door neighbors attempting to sell their home recently complained to the Community Development District 2 Board of Supervisors. The New Jersey couple has replanted a different variety of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and are on a tight timeline for it to come in successfully. If it doesn’t, the couple could face fines.

Kathleen Stringer got into hot water over her Florida-Friendly Landscaping.

Last year, a Village of Piedmont woman sought forgiveness for $400 in fines she racked up over her Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Her neighbors had complained it look like “a jungle.”

Craig Bonifant of the Village of Amelia had the same complaint about a home in his neighborhood. He took his protest to Lake Sumter Landing.

Craig Bonifant took his protest to Lake Sumter Landing.

Despite the fact that some residents are vehemently opposed to Florida-Friendly Landscaping, take a drive south of State Road 44 and it is apparent the Developer has embraced drought-tolerant plants. The plants need less irrigation than non-native plants.

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Stylist arrested at salon academy in The Villages after romantic criminal mischief

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Sumter County has state’s highest rate of vaccinations for COVID-19

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Village of Fenney resident and sheriff’s employee prefile to run for Sumter Commission

A Village of Fenney resident and a sheriff’s deputy have prefiled to run for seats in 2022 on the Sumter County Commission.

Woman who got break in golf cart DUI jailed after caught back behind wheel

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Breeder wants valuable Great Dane found wandering south of State Road 44

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Oxford man arrested after seeking help for sister who died at Villages hospital

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The straight facts on server shortages

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Response to proposal by county administrator

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