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Tampa City Council Approves Summertime Fertilizer Ban

Over predictions of layoffs and the threat of a lawsuit, the City Council on Thursday gave Tampa some of Florida's most restrictive rules on fertilizer containing nitrogen.

Starting in 2012, the city will prohibit the sale of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus during the June 1 to Sept. 30 rainy season.

During those same months, homeowners will be banned from applying the chemicals to their lawns. Farms, golf courses and vegetable gardens will be exempt from the ban.

Throughout the rest of the year, residents will have to use fertilizer that contains at least 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

"We're doing something for the water with this ordinance," Council member Mary Mulhern said. "Tourists don't want to come to a place where there is no fish, and people don't want to live in a place where the water is polluted." ...