Florida HOA Members Will Have to Wait for Landscaping Legal Precedent

A secret settlement between an Orange County homeowner and an association that insisted on traditional lawns in her community has disappointed Sunshine State HOA members who want a legal precedent they can follow. So-called Florida Friendly landscaping, which uses less irrigation and fertilizer than traditional green lawns, has been at the center of legal fights—despite a 2009 state law crafted to protect Floridan aquifer, river, and lake waters from overuse and pollution. The law has been called “weak” by association experts and attorneys.

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