Saturday, May 6, 2017

News from the Town of Palm Beach: “Prohibition of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers on Properties Less Than One Acre”

“At the April 13, 2017, Town Council meeting, Ordinance 11-2017 was approved on second reading, prohibiting the use of gas-powered leaf blowers on properties less than one acre. After significant research and lengthy public discussion Town Council determined that frequent use of gas-powered leaf blowers in residential and commercial districts within the Town creates excessive noise, emits fumes, and creates annoyance for persons of normal sensitivity and a prohibition in higher density areas with smaller lots was a reasonable compromise to a town-wide ban on leaf blowers.
     Ordinance 11-2017 mandated a phase-in period to provide staff time to conduct outreach to inform and educate residents and landscape maintenance companies about the new restrictions. The prohibition is effective October 1, 2017.
     For more information, please contact Code Enforcement at 561-838-5465.”