Resolutions paint Florida green

Would you like to see more roadside wildflowers in your county? In 2009, a model county resolution was developed by Foundation members Eleanor Dietrich and Jeff Caster for just this purpose. It recognizes the historical, environmental and cultural significance of Florida wildflowers and pledges to conserve roadside wildflowers through management practices such as reduced mowing.

Wakulla County led the way by enacting a county policy to preserve roadside wildflowers. Soon afterward, various versions of the resolution were adopted by Gadsden, Leon, Lake, Marion, Brevard and Volusia counties. Now, 28 counties and two municipalities have wildflower resolutions. Click on each county's name to learn how this effort was implemented and who led it. Use this information to bring the resolution to your own county.

In January 2014, the Florida Department of Transportation adopted a new Wildflower Management Program Procedure that lays out guidelines for nominating natural areas of wildflowers for special management. Our map breaks out Florida Department of Transportation districts, each of which have a wildflower program coordinator. Counties should work directly with their district coordinator to request special management for wildflower areas along state-maintained roads. Click here for a list of coordinators.

 

2015 Bee Act

The U.S. Highway Bee Act, sponsored by Alcee Hastings (D-FL), was adopted in December 2015. It calls for the conservation and planting of native habitat along highways that benefits wild and honey bees and butterflies, such as the iconic monarch.

Getting the job done in St. Lucie County: Joanna Huffman (left), Ken Gioeli, Bill Benton (St. Lucie Florida Master Naturalist president), Marcia Kopp and Mary White (FMNP Vice President).

Getting started

On the map, click on a green county's name to see how the resolution was adopted there. Contact those who led the effort to learn more.


Team with a resident or organization that has ties with a county commissioner who supports environmental issues. If possible, organize a group effort by asking for help from Florida Wildflower Foundation members and local FNPS chapters, as well as from Audubon and Sierra Club chapters; garden clubs; civic organizations, and homeowners associations. Ask for letters of support from those organizations.


After getting a commissioner’s support, work with the county public works staff members to get their backing. Ask their advice about the best way to proceed, including the resolution’s final wording, scheduling the presentation and securing the commission’s vote.


Download the model county resolution and model PowerPoint presentation (4.4 MB). Modify the presentation with wildflower photos from your county. Contact Foundation board member Jeff Caster (850-414-5267850-414-5267) for pointers on making the presentation.


Work with the county public works department to identify county, state and federal roads with showy stands of wildflowers. Ask your county’s roadside maintenance supervisor and your county’s FDOT maintenance representatives (state, federal roads) for advice about altering mowing practices to allow wildflowers to flourish naturally. Agree upon a management plan for each of the roads that includes the mowing extent, width and frequeny; put this in writing from the county public works department and submit it to the appropriate FDOT maintenance representative.


Develop a follow-up plan. The adoption of a county wildflower resolution is only the first step in conserving roadside wildflowers. Organize periodic followups with county staff and issue reports on efforts. Develop a plan that includes publicity (newspapers, blogs), distribution of photos and educational materials, and site monitoring.

Model resolution

WHEREAS, the natural beauty of native wildflowers in __________ County can be enjoyed by everyone; can attract guests, and benefit commerce, environmental health, and public well-being; and

WHEREAS, enjoyment of native wildflowers is an occasion for all County and community leaders to unite for the benefit of everyone; and

WHEREAS, many naturally beautiful species of native wildflowers, including Coreopsis, the state wildflower, as depicted upon the State Wildflower license tag, are already prominently displayed along __________ County’s state and county roadways; and

WHEREAS, increasing the visibility of native wildflowers in __________ County is consistent with the vision of the Comprehensive Plan, and goals of many individuals, businesses, and community-based organizations; and; read entire model resolution.

 

Helpful research

For more FDOT research, click here, scroll down to Quick Search and use the search term "vegetation." Also search www.dot.state.fl.us for "habitat" and "wildflower."

Click here to search the Florida Wildflower Foundation library for other documents.

Other resources

 

Eleanor Dietrich, who is working to preserve wildflowers in Florida's Panhandle, shares images of wildflowers such as this Hairy chaffhead (Carphephorus paniculatus) from her travels. This plant is in the same genus as Vanillaleaf but it is not as tall, and the flower clusters are closer to the stem of the plant. The plants reportedly respond well to fire and may form large stands (as shown here) in recently burned pine woods. See Eleanor's slideshow.

 

The Florida Wildflower Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; contributions are tax deductible. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR THE FLORIDA WILDFLOWER FOUNDATION, A FLORIDA-BASED NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NO. CH12319), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING THEIR WEBSITE HERE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Okaloosa County
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Contact: MaryAnn Friedman
850-729-2893
marsabones@hotmail.com

Okaloosa County is home to some of Florida’s most diverse natural areas. Roadways in our county run through large portions of the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation and Blackwater River State Forest, creating corridors of natural beauty.

In April 2009, entomologist Dr. Marc Minno and MaryAnn Friedman, an Okaloosa County resident, discovered Frosted Elfin caterpillars on sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis) along State Road 189 in Baker in the Blackwater River State Forest. In March of 2012, the Florida Department of Transportation agreed to accept a citizen request to change the mowing schedule along this state road to protect the imperiled butterfly and reduce impact on the sundial lupine the butterfly requires. This area has been monitored annually, and active cooperation with DOT and Forestry continues.

In other activity, Eglin AFB began working with Bob Farley, FDOT district vegetation manager, on Okaloosa County roadways through the Air Force reservation to enhance some existing wildflowers areas.

In 2016, Friedman requested that the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners consider a Wildflower Resolution for the county. The board unanimously approved and the resolution was signed on April 5, 2016. See a copy of the resolution.

Action: County roads are being assessed to prepare for official requests for restoration and enhancement by FDOT and the Okaloosa County Department of Public Works.

Walton County
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Contact: Vivian Shamel
Scenic Corridors/Community Projects Coordinator
Walton County Planning and Development Services
850-267-1955

In November 2011, the Walton Board of County Commissioners adopted a native wildflower resolution submitted through the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and accepted a $300 donation for seeds and flowers from the Friends of Scenic 30-A. As the resolution states, the enjoyment of native wildflowers will enhance the experience for residents, businesses and tourists alike and will have the added benefit of reducing costs from the Public Works budget by reducing the frequency and extent of roadside mowing. Once the flowers grow, the right of way will need to be mown only once a year as the flowers will reseed themselves. See a copy of the resolution.

Action: On Jan. 28, 2012, District 5 Commissioner Cecilia Jones, The Friends of Scenic 30-A, the Walton County Master Gardener’s Association, and Walton County Public Works Department kicked off a Wildflower Pilot Program on Scenic 30-A across from the Grayton Beach State Park Cabin entrance, as well as on Highway 83. The program provided an opportunity for several community groups together to work for the pride, preservation, conservation and beautification of Walton County. The ‘Friends’ worked in partnership with the Master Gardeners Association and Public Works to determine locations where the pilot program could be initiated for the winter of 2012 with mowing being provided by Public Works and volunteers for the planting of seeds being provided by the Master Gardeners Association.

Holmes County
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Contact: DiAnn Shores
850-768-2766
tdshores49@gmail.com

Bonifay Garden Club member DiAnn Shores went before the Holmes County Board of Commissioners to seek signing of a wildflower resolution. Dustie Moss, FDOT District 3 project manager, and Eleanor Dietrich, liaison to FDOT for the Florida Wildflower Foundation, addressed commissioners as well. After a brief discussion, the resolution was passed unanimously. See a copy of the resolution.

Action: The Garden Club plans to begin the Holmes County wildflower program by adding wildflowers to medians in downtown Bonifay, the county seat.

Washington County
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Contact: Glenda Wilson
1st V-P Chipley Garden Club and Washington County Master Gardeners
850-638-9138
tdwil@bellsouth.net

On Jan. 28, 2014, several Chipley Garden Club members attended a Panhandle Wildflower Alliance meeting in Tallahassee during which FDOT introduced its new wildflower area program. By March, the program's information had been shared with Washington County Master Gardeners and garden clubs in Wausau, Vernon and Chipley. Several organizations subsequently became members of the alliance. Kathy Foster, Foster Folly News, contacted the Washington County Commission and asked to present a county wildflower resolution. Glenda Wilson, Chipley Garden Club vice president, asked Eleanor Dietrich and Dustie Moss to present a short program for commissioners on May 28. The Washington resolution passed unanimously after their presentation.
See a copy of the resolution.

Action: The county is selecting roads to submit to FDOT for wildflower management.
Calhoun County
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Contact: Kristy Terry
Executive Director
Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
850-674-4519
kristy@calhounco.org

In January of 2014, representatives of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce attended a workshop coordinated by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance (PWA). The event previewed DOT’s new Wildflower and Natural Areas Program, as well as shared information on how to develop and nurture wildflowers in your community.

Calhoun County is fortunate to be home to many varieties of beautiful wildflowers, so it made perfect sense to embrace them. The Chamber worked with RiverWay South Apalachicola-Choctawhatchee and the PWA to develop a Wildflower Resolution.

The resolution was presented to the Board of County Commissioners during National Wildflower Week, and passed unanimously on May 6, 2014. See a copy of the resolution.

Action: The Chamber of Commerce is currently planning their first North Florida Wildflower Festival, set for April 25, 2015. RiverWay South and the Florida Wildflower Foundation are partners for the event

Martin County
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Contact: Ann McCormick
772-692-1894;
annfromlodi@yahoo.com

On behalf of The Garden Club of Stuart, member Ann McCormick spoke with Martin County Commissioner Sara Heard about the resolution and the La Florida, “Land of Flowers” Community Planting Grants program. Using the model resolution, Ms. Heard’s staff readied the resolution for the March 13, 2012, commission meeting. During the meeting, Ms. McCormick told the commission about the grant program and wildflowers. She also gave examples of plantings other counties have done. The commission then voted unanimously to adopt the resolution. See a copy of the resolution.

Action: The Garden Club of Stuart, Martin County Chapter of The Florida Native Plant Society, UF/IFAS Martin County Master Gardeners, and the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department, are working to rejuvenate the entryway medians and round-about at Halpatiokee Regional Park.

Palm Beach County
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Contact: Lisa Stattmiller-Ferrano
561 628-3675;
paddockpark@bellsouth.net

Recognizing the importance of wildflowers to the environment, Lisa Ferrano, a member of the Wellington Garden Club, requested the Palm Beach County Commission adopt a wildflower resolution. She e-mailed several commissioners and attached sample resolutions and links to the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s website. The initial response was negative, but after many e-mails and calls to county staff explaining the value of having a wildflower resolution, the commission unanimously passed a resolution on Sept. 11, 2012. See a copy of the resolution.
Broward County
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The Broward County Board of County Commissioners adopted a Wildflower Resolution on May 8, 2012. The resolution was sponsored by Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs, a champion of environmental programs such as NatureScape Broward, which promotes the use of native plants to conserve water, protect water quality and create wildlife habitat. Increasing the visibility of native wildflowers in Broward County is consistent with the vision of NatureScape Broward and goals of many individuals, businesses, schools and community-based organizations. See a copy of the resolution.
Hillsborough County
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Contact: Eli Rodriguez, RodriguezEM@hillsboroughcounty.org
or Matt Henderson, HendersonM@hillsboroughcounty.org

See a copy of the resolution.
Polk County
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Contact: Harriet Rust
863-244-4507;
Azaleahill@msn.com

After reading about the 2013 Viva La Florida 500 celebration, Harriet Rust, Davenport Historical Society president, contacted Polk County Board of County Commissioners regarding the possible adoption of a Wildflower Resolution.  It was discussed and passed on April 17. See a copy of the resolution.

Action: Davenport is establishing plantings and is considering the adoption of a community Wildflower Resolution.

Alachua County
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See a copy of the resolution.
Sumter County
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Contact: Susan Kelly
Sumter County UF/IFAS Extension Director
352-793-2728, Ext. 236
sakelly@ufl.edu

Sumter County has long valued its wildflowers. Many of its roadways have been planted by the Florida Department of Transportation, providing a beautiful display each spring. In 2007, the UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension Office also received a grant from the Florida Wildflower Foundation to plant a Wildflower Demonstration Garden at the West Central Florida Agricultural Education Center in Bushnell. When a county Wildflower Resolution was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on March 27, 2012, the panel voted unanimously to pass it as a sign of its commitment to wildflowers. See a copy.

Action: Roadways have been designated for wildflower plantings.

Franklin County
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Contact: Lesley Cox
Certified Green Guide
Carrabelle, FL
850-697-5555

In the spring of 2008 after the Big Bend Scenic Byway had been designated, Franklin County resident Lesley Cox suggested Franklin County adopt a right-of-way mowing regime to benefit wildflowers. In summer 2009, Wakulla County approved a FDOT pilot project to preserve native wildflowers. Since both of these counties are part of the Scenic Byway, it seemed a perfect fit to extend the wildflower experience into Franklin County. The proposed resolution was first presented in 2011, but was tabled. On March 6, 2012, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners passed the wildflower resolution. See a copy.
Gadsden County
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Contact: Laurel Bradley
850-875-8656;
lbradley@gadsden.countyfl.gov

A Gadsden County commissioner happened to attend the Wakulla County Commission meeting at which a roadside wildflower policy was enacted. Afterward, he asked Jeff Caster to write a resolution and present it to Gadsden’s commission. Jeff enlisted the help of Eleanor Dietrich to draft the document. It was adopted unanimously by Gadsden on Dec. 15, 2009. See a copy.

Action: Has identified 2 pilot sites for planting seed; sites include entrance intersections to welcome tourists; funding for seed provided by local Tourism Development Council; working with Florida Wildflower Foundation to draft a regional wildflower tourism marketing plan.

Lake County
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Contact: Lisa Roberts, FWF executive director
407-353-6164; lroberts@flawildflowers.org

After receiving a copy of the model resolution, Lake County’s Green Team asked the Florida Wildflower Foundation to make a presentation to the panel. County staff then reviewed and revised the resolution, which the Green Team submitted to the commission. The resolution was unanimously adopted on June 1, 2010. See a copy.

Action: Several Florida Wildflower Foundation grants were awarded to the county extension office; Trout Lake Nature Center, and a storm water facility. The county has also received a FWF “Learn to Plant” grant, which will teach county maintenance workers best practices for establishing and maintaining plantings and naturally occurring wildflowers. Meanwhile, it also has conducted wildflower surveys on a variety of county roadsides in order to establish wildflower viewing routes, and is working with FDOT to reduce roadside mowing near public lands.
Leon County
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Contact: Eleanor Dietrich
(850) 385-0003;Eleanor43@aol.com

After learning of the Wakulla resolution, Eleanor Dietrich contacted a Leon County commissioner, who got staff involved. Meanwhile, Eleanor’s Florida Native Plant Society Magnolia Chapter agreed to be the project’s community support group. Eleanor and Jeff Caster met with staff, after which Jeff made a presentation to the commission, which adopted the resolution on Jan. 19, 2010. See a copy.

On behalf of the chapter, Eleanor followed up with county personnel to begin a reduced-mowing project. She also monitors the county’s activity. See the latest report.

Action: Selected two sites for reduced mowing, one state road and one county road part of a scenic byway; FNPS Magnolia Chapter is monitoring and identifying wildflowers by site, and providing photographs for publicity and education.
Jefferson County
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Contact: Nancy Wideman

Jefferson County Tourist Development Council Coordinator
nancyw1100@yahoo.com

Members of the Jefferson County Tourist Development Council, County Commissioner Betsy Barfield and local wildflower enthusiast Paul Michael met with Pam Portwood and Diane Delaney of the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance on June 12, 2012. The group eagerly agreed to join Franklin, Wakulla, Liberty, Leon and Gadsden counties to increase the presence of wildflowers in Jefferson County and surrounding areas. The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed the Wildflower Resolution on July 5, 2012.See a copy.

Action: David Harvey, Head of the Jefferson County Road Department, has planted wildflowers on county roads in the past and is enthusiastically participating to increase the presence of wildflowers in the county.
Madison County
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See a copy.
Volusia County
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Contact: Lisa Roberts, FWF executive director
407-353-6164; lroberts@flawildflowers.org

The Florida Wildflower Foundation asked Commissioner Pat Northey to sponsor the resolution. After county staff reviewed it, the resolution was passed to the county commission. On May 6, 2010, Lisa Roberts made a short presentation to the commission, which then voted unanimously to adopt the resolution. See a copy.

Action: In June 2011, Florida Wildflower Foundation grants were given to the county, Florida Department of Highway Transportation, and DeBary Hall with which to establish plantings. In 2010, the Florida Wildflower Foundation conducted a “Learn to Plant” pilot program with Volusia’s roadside maintenance staff.
Wakulla County
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Contact: Lynn Artz
850-320-2158 (c)
850-926-8756 (h)
lynn_artz@hotmail.com

Wakulla was the first county to make wildflower roadside management a priority. After meetings with the county public works director, county staff and FDOT maintenance engineers, Jeff Caster was asked to make a presentation to the county commission. Immediately after his presentation on July 21, 2009, the commission voted unanimously to make roadside wildflower conservation a county policy.

Action: In June 2011, the county was awarded a Florida Wildflower Foundation grant to plant wildflowers along the coastal segment of Big Bend Scenic Byway. Earlier, the county established a reduced mowing pilot project on US Highway 98; extended a reduced mowing regime to all county roads; planted seeds at a major intersection. The county also is working with Florida Wildflower Foundation to execute a regional wildflower ecotourism marketing plan.
Duval (City of Jacksonville)
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Contact: Barbara Jackson
FNPS Ixia Chapter
904-655-2550

Barbara Jackson asked Mayor John Peyton’s policy director to review the resolution for presentation to the Jacksonville City Council. After the review, the resolution was placed on the council agenda and adopted on May 12. See a copy.

Action: In June 2011, the city was awarded a Florida Wildflower Foundation La Florida grant for a planting near the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville.
St. Johns County
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Contact:Ivan Burrell
St. Johns County Road and Bridge Manager
904-209-0246
iburrell@sjcfl.us

Over the last three years St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson has worked with the St. Johns County Public Works Department in coming up with low maintenance ground cover for county rights-of-way. After learning of the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s La Florida Grant Program, Commissioner Stevenson again called on the Public Works Department to initiate applying for the grant. The Wildflower Resolution was adopted on May 3, 2011. See a copy.

Action: St. Johns County Public Works personnel asked the local University of Florida IFAS Extension personnel for help finding appropriate wildflower cultivation practices for the Northeast Florida area. St. Johns County Public Works personnel located several high traffic areas on County Road 210 and County Road 13 where the wildflowers would get the most attention from motorists. In June 2011, the county was awarded a Florida Wildflower Foundation La Florida grant for plantings along both roads.
Flagler County
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Contact: Carl Laundrie
Flagler County Communications Manager
386-313-4039 Cell
Email claundrie@flaglercounty.org

Trails advocate Herb Hiller notified Flagler County Commissioner Milissa Holland of the Wildflower Resolution, who passed it to Carl Laundrie, county communications manager, to research. Mr. Laundrie knew that, as one of the counties working on the 260-mile St. Johns River to the Sea Loop multipurpose trail, the resolution’s adoption was a mandatory step in qualifying for Florida Wildflower Foundation funding to plant wildflowers along the trail. The resolution was signed and filed with the Clerk of Court on May 12 by County Commission Chairman Alan Peterson and was ratified by the County Commission on May 16. See a copy.

Action: In June 2011, Flagler County was awarded a Florida Wildflower Foundation grant to establish wildflowers at Varn County Park and River to Sea Preserve along the St. Johns River to Sea Loop multiuse trail.
Putnam County
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Contact: Donald Jacobovitz,
Putnam County Public Works Director
386-329-0393

FWF Executive Director Lisa Roberts gave a presentation about wildflowers and the resolution at a recent St. Johns River to the Sea Loop meeting. A few weeks later, County Manager Don Jacobovitz, who attended the Loop meeting, presented the resolution to the Putnam County Commission, which voted unanimously to adopt it. See a copy.

Action: Putnam received a Florida Wildflower Foundation grant in June 2011 to plant Putnam County Boulevard in Palatka. The site is adjacent to a future cycling trail.
Marion County
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Contact: Jim Couillard, Marion County landscape architect
352-671-8560; james.couillard@marioncountyfl.org

Foundation board member Anne Mackay asked her county commissioner to review the resolution for adoption. It was passed to county staff for review. Based on staff recommendations, the commission voted unanimously to adopt the resolution on July 7, 2010. See a copy.

Action: Implementation plan prepared by county engineer, extension agent, and landscape architect; began planting wildflower seed in selected public parks and on roadsides in Fall 2010.
The City of Titusville
See a copy of the resolution.
Brevard County
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Contact: Vince Lamb
321-773-5713; vince@vincelamb.com

Vince Lamb partnered with fellow Brevard resident Beth Glover to recruit numerous community organizations to support the resolution. They submitted letters of support from those when they requested the county commission consider the resolution. On Sept. 7, 2010, the county commission voted unanimously to adopt it. See a copy.

Action: In June 2011, several organizations and agencies within the county were awarded several Florida Wildflower Foundation grants to establish plantings at Merritt Island National Wildlife refuge, Melbourne Village, and the entrance to the future Brevard Botanical Garden.
Indian River County
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See a copy of the resolution.
St. Lucie County
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Contact: Ken Gioeli
UF/IFAS Extension Agent for St Lucie Co
772-462-1660; ktgioeli@ufl.edu

Joanna Huffman
Florida Master Naturalist
jhuffmansigner@comcast.net

The members of the St Lucie County Chapter of the Florida Master Naturalists, with guidance from the UF/IFAS St Lucie County Cooperative Extension, drafted the Wildflower Resolution in St Lucie County. This resolution was reviewed by County attorneys and recommended for adoption by staff. It was passed with a unanimous vote of the St Lucie County Board of County Commissioners on October 2, 2012. See a copy of the resolution.
Lee County
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Contact: John Sibley
239-939-9663, nolawn@earthlink.net

John Sibley of the Lee County Roadway Landscape advisory board contacted Pat Moore and Joe Sulak, who direct the action of that board on behalf of the county. They collaborated on the resolution’s language then presented it to Holly Schwartz, assistant county manager. She submitted it to the county commission. Commissioner Ray Judah agreed to present the resolution to the board, which voted unanimously to pass it on March 29, 2011. The resolution instructs County staff to partner with the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Dept of Transportation and adjoining property owners to plan and implement roadside management practices to promote wildflowers. See a copy.

Action: In June 2011, Lee County Department of Transportation was awarded a Florida Wildflower Foundation grant to plant wildflowers in several county medians.
Live Oak
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Contact: Michael Brown, Resource Consultant
Suwannee County Conservation District
(386) 362-2622, Ext: 3; brownma55@rocketmail.com

After speaking with Florida Wildflower Foundation grant administrator Jeff Norcini, Suwannee County Conservation District Resource Consultant Michael Brown asked Adam Prins, Live Oak City Councilman, to present a resolution to plant wildflowers within the city limits. It was adopted by the city on April 10, 2012. Adam and Michael also helped get local community groups involved. See a copy.

Action: Michael spoke with the local Garden Club and the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce to present a short program about the positive aspects of planting wildflowers in community areas. A committee to select sites and arrange for the planting is being formed. Planting should begin this fall.
Taylor County
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Contact: Jack Brown, Taylor County Administrator
(850) 838-3500 ext. 7; jack.brown@taylorcountygov.com

After receiving a copy of the model wildflower resolution and a press release from Lake County, Perry Garden Club president Vivian Sheffield asked for a volunteer to look into getting a wildflower resolution adopted in Taylor County. Volunteer Debbie Ross contacted Florida Wildflower Foundation Executive Director Lisa Roberts for guidance. This lead to a meeting with Cindy Dunkle, assistant maintenance engineer at FDOT’s Perry office, to learn about Florida’s roadway wildflower program. In March, Cindy gave a presentation to Taylor County Commissioners to explain the state wildflower program. The wildflower resolution also was submitted for approval. Commissioners verbally agreed to adopt the resolution, but wanted garden club members to identify a specific site for planting before signing it. After meeting with County Administrator Jack Brown, a planting site was identified and presented to commissioners. The resolution was signed on May 2, 2011. See a copy.

Action: A team of garden club members has been formed to oversee and monitor the planting of the designated site, identify areas of existing wildflowers on county roads for preservation, work on publicity and public awareness, and contact and propose a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Development Center, including local businesses. Team members include Debbie Ross, Vivian Sheffield, Patti Causey, Bettie Page, Judy Nowlin, Fannette Chesser and Liska Gooding.