Florida League of Cities

Golf Course Best Management Practices Certification (Watch)

HB 967 (Truenow) and SB 1556 (Gruters) direct the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to work with the turfgrass science program at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services to administer certification for golf course best management practices for fertilization and provide and approve training and testing programs. Certified persons would be exempt from additional local government testing requirements and exempt from local ordinances relating to water and fertilizer use blackout periods or restrictions unless a state of emergency is declared. The bills provide for DEP to share information about certified persons with governmental entities and create an online registry. (O'Hara)