For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the meanings set forth in this section. Words not defined in this chapter have the meaning as provided in other sections of this code, and otherwise have the meaning provided by common and ordinary use.
   “APPLICATION” or “APPLY.” The actual physical deposit of fertilizer to turf, landscape plants, or both.
   “APPLICATOR.” Any person who applies fertilizer on turf, landscape plants, or both.
   “APPROVED BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TRAINING PROGRAM.” A training program approved pursuant to F.S. § 403.9338 (2016), as this statute may be amended from time to time, or any more stringent requirements set forth in this chapter that includes the most current version of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida-Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries, as this document may be amended from time to time.
   “BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES.” Turf and landscape practices or a combination of practices based on research, field-testing, and expert review, determined to be the most effective and practicable on- location means, including economic and technological considerations, for improving water quality, conserving water supplies and protecting natural resources.
   “CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, OFFICIAL or INSPECTOR.” Any designated employee or agent who has the duty to enforce codes and ordinances.
   “COMMERCIAL FERTILIZER APPLICATOR.” Any person who applies fertilizer for payment or other consideration to property not owned by the person or firm applying the fertilizer or the employer of the applicator, except as provided in F.S. § 482.1562(9) (2016), as this statute may be amended from time to time.
   “FERTILIZE.” The act of applying fertilizer to turf, specialized turf, or landscape plants.
   “FERTILIZER.” Any substance or mixture of substances that contains one or more recognized plant nutrients and promotes plant growth, or controls soil acidity or alkalinity, or provides other soil enrichment, or provides other corrective measures to the soil. “FERTILIZER” does not include unmanipulated peat or compost that make no claims as described in the preceding sentence.
   “GUARANTEED ANALYSIS.” The percentage of plant nutrients or measures of neutralizing capability claimed to be present in a fertilizer.
   “INSTITUTIONAL FERTILIZER APPLICATOR.” Any person, other than a private, non-commercial or a commercial fertilizer applicator (unless such definitions also apply under the circumstances), that applies fertilizer for the purpose of maintaining turf, landscape plants, or both. “INSTITUTIONAL FERTILIZER APPLICATORS” include, but are not limited to, owners, managers or employees of public lands, schools, parks, religious institutions, utilities, industrial, or business sites and any residential properties maintained in condominium or other form of common ownership.
   “LANDSCAPE PLANT.” Any native or exotic tree, shrub, or groundcover (excluding turf).
   “LOW MAINTENANCE ZONE.” An area a minimum of ten feet wide adjacent to water courses that is planted and managed in order to minimize the need for fertilization, watering, mowing, and related activities.
   “PERSON.” Any natural person, business, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, association, club, organization, or any other group of people acting as an organized entity.
   “PROHIBITED APPLICATION PERIOD.” The time period during which a flood watch or warning, or a tropical storm watch or warning, or a hurricane watch or warning is in effect for any portion of the county, issued by the National Weather Service, or if heavy rain, as defined by the World Meteorological Organization as rainfall greater than or equal to two inches in a 24-hour period, is likely.
   “RECLAIMED WATER.” A high quality alternative water source that has received at least secondary treatment and is reused after being discharged from a domestic wastewater treatment facility. Moreover, there are some constituents, such as nitrogen and phosphorus found in recycled water. These constituents are beneficial for plant growth, and will serve as an additional “fertilizing” source.
   “SATURATED SOIL.” A soil in which the voids are filled with water. Saturation does not require flow. For the purposes of this chapter, soils are considered saturated if standing water is present or the pressure of a person standing on the soil causes the release of free water.
   “SLOW RELEASE, CONTROLLED RELEASE, TIMED RELEASE, SLOWLY AVAILABLE, OR WATER INSOLUBLE NITROGEN.” Nitrogen in a form that delays its availability for plant uptake and use after application or that extends its availability to the plant longer than a reference rapid or quick release product.
   “TURF, SOD, or LAWN.” A piece of grass-covered soil held together by the roots of the grass.
(Ord. 1569, passed 7-27-17)