The Environmental Stewardship Committee shall provide guidance and support to the City Commission and City Manager and, upon request by the City Commission or City Manager, shall provide written recommendations, in the following areas:
Clarifying and strengthening the City’s processes and all tree and landscape related city codes and ordinances;
Monitoring the appropriate administration and enforcement of the City’s ordinances;
Promoting transparency through online access to relevant information;,
Developing and maintaining environmental education and outreach programs about the maritime forest and relevant codes;
Promoting appropriate planting and care of trees on private property to owners, developers, builders, and tree/landscape service contractors;
Developing and maintaining a long-term tree plan that includes an assessment of the tree canopy, projecting future needs, and developing a calendar and budget for tree planting in parks, public spaces and along streets and right of ways;
Promoting tree canopy advocacy including upholding the City’s status as a bona fide “Tree City USA”;
Developing a process for systematic, review of the City’s enforcement of the existing tree codes, including the long-term health of trees planted for mitigation; and
Developing and maintaining a process for citizens to communicate possible violations to the City.
Parks and Open Spaces:
Developing and maintaining a long-range plan to protect, improve and beautify park spaces;
Improving access to and amenities for parks including disability accommodations, bike paths, parking, signage and other user friendly features;
Expanding the City’s inventory of parks and conservation land through acquisition or other means; and
Maintaining a web-based, publicly accessible inventory of parks including their history, archeological value, rules of use, deed restrictions and conservation easements.
Beautification of Public and Private Spaces:
Enhancing public spaces, including public rights of way, roadsides, City buildings, beach accesses and other publicly held properties with art, carefully maintained landscape design and plantings;
Incentivizing and advocating for beautification of private and commercial spaces;
Reducing the number and appearance of degraded or blighted properties; and
Developing a design theme/community branding for signage, bus shelters, lighting and other elements of the built environment.
Utilizing best practices, including a science based approach, when making any decision about development and its impact on our environment;
Protecting the beach, dunes, marshlands and wetlands as critical defenses in hurricane, erosion and flooding conditions;
Communicating the dynamics of tidal drainage and floodplain with the goal of preserving the City’s flood management system;
Reviewing the City’s environmental codes and ensuring enforcement of rules including, but not limited to, dumping, septic tanks and commercial pollution; and
Reviewing, updating and maintaining the Marsh Master Plan for adherence to current research about sea level change and wetlands preservation.