Tampa, FL October 22, 2012 - A Tampa Palms resident and a small commercial business will be recognized by Tampa City Council on Thursday, October 25 as the City’s Water Wise landscape winners for 2012.
Steve Toenes’ yard was nominated by his landscaper in hopes that the design and choice of native, drought tolerant plants would be award worthy. By grouping plants with similar water and maintenance needs, the use of alternative mulches that are environmentally-friendly, creation of landscape beds that serve to retain storm water runoff and creating great curb appeal, it was definitely determined to be worthy!
Paul and Gail Carroll, along with other volunteers at WMNF, nominated the radio station for this award based on their hard work and desire to make the area around the building a Florida-friendly landscape with native plants, non-native adaptive plants and drought tolerant trees and plants. Their creativity led them to utilize the parking lots and roof drains to create a swale in the front of the building allowing the rainwater to cascade from the roof into the swale.
Tampa City Council will present Mr. Toenes and WMNF with commendations, and the Tampa Water Department will present each of them with a handcrafted stepping stone award, in recognition of their accomplishments at 9 a.m. during the scheduled Tampa City Council Workshop on October 25, 2012. A link to pictures of the winning landscapes and more information about the Community Water Wise Awards are available at www.TampaGov.net/CWWA.
Homeowners and businesses across the Tampa Bay area are discovering that a few simple changes can help lower utility bills, improve the health and beauty of their landscape and help to preserve Florida’s natural environment. The Community Water Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water and local county Extension Offices’ Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Programs, were created to recognize those who have committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using attractive Florida-friendly landscaping practices.
# # #
The above notice is archived content and may contain information that is no longer valid. This includes URL's that were valid when originally published, but may now link to sites or pages that no longer exist.