Yard maintenance important in Clewiston

Posted 2/21/23

We’ve all seen the occasional property that lets its lawn maintenance go to the point where tall weeds and overgrown bushes seem …

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Yard maintenance important in Clewiston


CLEWISTON -- We’ve all seen the occasional property that lets its lawn maintenance go to the point where tall weeds and overgrown bushes seem to be the only features on the lot. It makes the property very unattractive, unsightly, and also harbors rodents and other vermin that are both unsafe and unhealthy for our residents and visitors. These conditions create a greater potential of fire hazard during our dry months.

Overgrown weeds, bushes, trees, grass and vegetation on improved property within the city shall be maintained at a height of less than eight inches and shall prevent encroachment upon sidewalks, easements, and alleyways which create potential traffic safety hazards. Trimming vegetation to improve visibility is one of the most effective ways you can enhance traffic safety in your neighborhood.

All shrubs that overhang any street or sidewalk on the property must be maintained. The branches of any tree extending over any public sidewalk, street or other public way should be trimmed so they do not obstruct vision of the travel of motorists and people. Overgrown trees and shrubs endanger us all when they block our view of traffic signals or signs, obscure street lamps and fire hydrants.

A well-maintained yard is also an effective crime prevention tool. Lawns that are not being cared for give criminals the impression that the property is unattended and might be an easy target.

Did you know that the City of Clewiston has municipal codes that pertain to weeds, overgrown lawns, shrubs and hedges? Also, there are codes which assign the duty of responsibility for the maintenance of easements, rights-of-way, sidewalks and alleyways to the abutting property owners.

These ordinances are in place to increase the livability, safety, desirability and appearance of all of our neighborhoods.

The complete City of Clewiston Ordinances is available online and may be accessed utilizing the City of Clewiston website: https://www.clewiston-fl.gov/ or Municode Library website: https://library.municode.com/fl/clewiston/codes/code_of_ordinances.

If you have any questions about how to achieve/maintain compliance with these or any other City of Clewiston Ordinances you may contact our office at 863-983-1454 extension 309 or Code Compliance Supervisor: debbie.mcneil@clewiston-fl.gov

Debra Clay
Clewiston Community Improvement Division