Watershed Management: Water & Navigation
Mangrove Trimming Program:
Mangroves are protected by the State's "Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act" and the enforcement of this statute has been delegated to Pinellas County. The Pinellas County Commission subsequently adopted a Countywide ordinance regulating the trimming of mangroves.
Staff biologists and arborists work closely with homeowners and trimmers to protect the important functions of these plant communities and to ensure that all trimming is consistent with the Pinellas County Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Code.
To trim mangroves in Pinellas County, you must either qualify for one of the exemptions in the code or obtain a permit.