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Warning from Watershed Division Regarding Vehicle Decals

Please note that the grace period deadline given in Ordinance #10-06 has passed and anyone working in Pinellas County without having been issued a Pinellas County vehicle decal for landscape maintenance or fertilizer services is subject to enforcement for noncompliance.

For landscape maintenance certification: we have scheduled 5 certification class dates in November (see below). Register online at www.pinellascountywaterquality.eventbrite.com

Classes in English:
Nov 1 at Brooker Ed Center (Tarpon Springs-registration closes tomorrow, Saturday 10am)
Nov 9 at Extension Center (Largo)
Nov 16 at Weedon Center (St. Pete)

Classes in Spanish:
Nov 10 at Extension Center (Largo)
Nov 30 at Brooker Ed Center (Tarpon Springs)
Each landscape maintenance person is allotted an extension when registered for class. Keep your ticket receipt on hand to show the inspector if you are stopped before your scheduled class date.

For fertilizer application certification: there is a 3 step process to obtain your decal (links below)—step 1 take the GIBMP, step 2 get your FDACS fertilizer license, step 3 provide documentation to Watershed Mgmt to get your vehicle decal. Applicators are not in compliance until they have been issued a vehicle decal from Pinellas County.

Extensions will only be given until 12/31/11. Those applying fertilizer in Pinellas after January 1st 2012 without a decal will receive an initial $50 fine without further warning. Fines are cumulative per violation per day.

The GIBMP class is available online at https://gibmp.ifas.ufl.edu/.
The license application is available online for printing at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/onestop/forms/13677.pdf
The affidavit for vehicle decal is available online for printing at http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/pdfs/Affidavit_for_vehicle_decal_fertilizer_applicators.pdf

Please avoid fines for noncompliance by obtaining your vehicle decal immediately.

Thank you,

Anamarie Rivera
Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Watershed Management Division
300 South Garden Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone (727) 464-4605
Fax (727) 464-4403
arivera@pinellascounty.org