The Cape Coral Landscaping Code
In terms of construction codes, a Cape Coral landscaping code enforcement officer is responsible for making sure that everyone’s construction practices follow the laws and that everyone abides by the Coastal Barrier Resource Management Act (CARMA) as well as other federal and state laws. In fact, according to CARMA, any type of construction which alters the natural character of a coastal wetland is prohibited. A person who violates the code is guilty of an illegal act. While these laws are not often flaunted or mentioned in the press much like other codes, it is important to know what they are and what you need to do if you find something on your property that might constitute a violation of the law. If you find something that you think may be a violation of the law, it is important to contact the Cape Coral Coastal Barrier Resource Management District (CCBRM) right away and talk with them about it.
Before you contact the enforcement officers, you should try to get more information about the area that you are in. Have a talk with the neighbors and find out where their homes are located. It might even make sense to ask them if they have any plans to develop the land in question. This will help you narrow down your search as to which areas might be violating the laws. After you have narrow down your list to a few potential areas, you can then contact the county offices and work out an agreement with them to be able to enforce the law.
Once you have found an area that you want to work with, it is important that you adhere to whatever the code of the area is. For example, if they don’t allow grass inside of the beach portion of the beach area, you need to respect that. If you break the law, it can be very costly and inconvenient to have a construction boom built in that area of the beach so you need to comply with whatever the code of the area is. It may take a long time to develop any type of infrastructure in the area, but it is worth the time and effort because you will never have to worry about having your project compromised by the local code. In the end, it is better to spend the extra time working with what works and creating a perfect beach community rather than have a project ruined by local regulations.