Stormwater

Stormwater

Our goal is to protect citizens and the environment by improving water quality and minimizing street flooding. Stormwater Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the City’s stormwater conveyance systems, i.e. pipes, storm drains, catch basins, retention ponds and other drainage structures. Services provided include annual cleaning of the City’s drainage system. In addition sweeping of City’s roadways and parking lots are performed on a regular basis.

Stormwater Management Systems Charges

(a)In accordance with and pursuant to F.S. § 403.0893 et seq., the city commission hereby establishes stormwater management systems charges to be set aside, as a continuing source of revenue in order to plan, construct, operate and maintain stormwater management systems and programs pursuant to said statute.

(b) The fee shall be assessed to each utility/sanitation customer (either water, sewer or refuse collection) inside the city limits for the planning, constructing, operating and maintaining of Stormwater management systems in the following amounts:

Stormwater Pollution

  • Soil erosion caused by a lack of ground cover.
  • Uncontrolled construction activities.
  • Automotive and lawn equipment oil leaks, degreaser, and improper disposal of used oils.
  • Litter.
  • Yard trash especially piled onto or placed near a storm inlet.
  • Grass clippings are blown into the street.
  • Garbage not cleaned up around dumpsters and garbage cans.
  • Pet and livestock wastes.
  • Sewer and septic overflow.

Nutrients from septic tanks, fertilizers and animal wastes cause excessive growth of algae and aquatic weeds. Many of our boaters are dismayed at finding these weeds tangled in their propellers! Sewage, litter and garbage reduce oxygen levels in the water, killing aquatic life. Sediments from soil erosion clog fish gills suffocating them. Pesticides and heavy metals contaminate water body sediments and kill aquatic life.

Reporting of Illicit Discharges

If you see someone pouring a substance into an inlet, and you know what the substance is, such as dirt, debris, concrete, motor oil or paint, call the Code Enforcement Department (291-5748) immediately and give a detailed description of the scene with the closest address to the inlet.