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Choosing Florida Friendly Landscaping in an HOA Community?

Green Grass Lawn

During the first part of today’s show we were exploring the ways people can reduce the amount of water and fertilizer they use on their yards in order to reduce their environmental footprint, and not contribute to the harmful algal blooms we’re seeing in local waters.

But, what if you live in a community that frowns upon non-traditional yards -- in other words, yards that don’t feature lush, bright green grass that requires fertilizer, herbicide and plenty of water? What rights to people in communities with Homeowners Associations have to choose to xeriscape, or plant other non-traditional landscaping around their homes? We're joined by Rob Caves, he’s a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law with Becker & Poliakoff, to find out more.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.