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File Number: 073370
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File Number: 073370 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: RPT RECOMMENDATION FOR CONTROL & ERADICATION OF FIG WHITEFLY Introduced: 11/14/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 12/4/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A31
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS A REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF THE FIG WHITEFLY
Indexes: FIG WHITEFLY
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/6/2007 11A31 No Action Taken
REPORT: County Attorney Robert Cuevas read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Diaz explained the intent of this proposed resolution. Mr. Charles LaPradd, Agricultural Manager, Office of Agricultural Manager, presented and provided a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation entitled, “The Fig Whitefly (Singhiella simplex) and its infestation as of October 2007. He informed Board members of the efforts to educate the community on how to control and eradicate the fig whitefly. Commissioner Sorenson expressed appreciation to Commissioner Diaz for this proposed resolution and indicated the fig whitefly was one of many pests. She asked Mr. LaPradd how many invasive pests enter into Miami-Dade County in any given year. Responding to Commissioner Sorenson’s inquiry, Mr. LaPradd responded in any given year Miami-Dade County would have one new pest every month. Commissioner Sorenson noted the Pest Eradication Program and questioned the responsibility for controlling the program and the State of Florida’s position on this program. Mr. Don Privus (phonetic), Director, Division of Agricultural Environmental Services, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, noted a biological control program that would monitor the area and put forth efforts to be proactive, which was difficult to do. Responding to Commissioner Diaz’ comments regarding wasps in relation to the fig whitefly, Ms. Adrienne Hansberger (phonetic), Entomologist, Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, explained the current relationship between the parasitic wasps and the fig whitefly. She noted in the long term the Bureau felt biological controls would eradicate the fig whitefly. Commissioner Sorenson recommended the County adopt a legislative priority to make agricultural funding available for the extension and mandating of public education and programs. She noted she sponsored Resolution No. R-1195-05 that directed the County Manager to develop a plan to promote Miami-Dade County’s agricultural products and increase agri-tourism and to provide educational awareness to the traveling public at Miami International Airport (MIA) on the threats and consequences of bringing invasive pests and species into the County. She indicated she has not seen any evidence of those efforts. Commissioner Diaz stated if the State of Florida facilitated this effort the County should ensure it obtained the funding that was needed to move forward on the control and eradication of the fig whitefly. Mr. LaPradd stated the Communications Department contacted him to move forward with providing education awareness to the traveling public at MIA on bringing invasive pest and species into the County. Commissioner Souto spoke in support of this proposed resolution and the importance of the County having the revenue to address the fig whitefly issue for this county. Commissioner Martinez and Chairman Barreiro spoke of their experience with the infestation of the fig whitefly. Commissioner Diaz stressed the need for the County to move expeditiously on this matter. Commissioners Martinez and Gimenez discussed other alternatives to melalucca and other assets for usage by the County to combat the fig whitefly. Mr. LaPradd noted drenching was the best method by the tank truck for usage on County’s pubic right-of-ways. Ms. Alyce Robertson, Community Image Manager, Office of the Community Image, informed Board members that currently the County did not have a program in place to eradicate the fig whitefly. She noted staff was in the process of preparing to lobby the Federal government to provide funding for the infestation of fig whiteflies to the tree canopies located on the public right-of-way. Commissioner Moss asked the County Manager to review the Offices of the Agriculture Manager, a division of Department of Planning and Zoning and Community Image, and a division of Public Works Department, to determine if these offices should be placed under his administration. He stressed the importance of the roles of the two offices and the need to provide appropriate staff support. Commissioner Seijas asked the County Manager to expeditiously develop a campaign to educate the community about the fig whitefly. In addition, she asked Mr. Charles LaPradd to notify all municipalities about the education campaign. Commissioner Gimenez asked the County Manager to communicate with the municipalities to move expeditiously to protect the trees within their jurisdiction. Mr. LaPradd noted one education campaign/training has already occurred with municipalities regarding the eradication of the fig whitefly. Responding to comments made by Board members regarding the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services education program for municipalities, Mr. Privus informed Board members Mr. LaPradd along with the State Agency recently had a workshop on pest control and eradication of the fig whiteflies and approximately 150 people attended the workshop held at the Agri-Center located in Homestead. He noted additional training workshops in both Spanish and English for the industry and other interested parties along with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ website containing materials regarding the fig whitefly. A discussion ensued among Board members regarding the need to move expeditiously to eradicate the fig whitefly in Miami-Dade County and the cost to facilitate the process to educate the public on how to protect and control their properties. It was moved by Commissioner Diaz to identify the resources needed to immediately eradicate the fig whitefly in Miami-Dade County and to urge the County Manager to move forward on this issue immediately. Commissioner Sorenson seconded this motion. Responding to Commissioner Moss’ inquiry on whether this would be for public or private trees, Chairman Barreiro recommended public trees and each individual resident/property owner should take care of their own property by becoming educated on how to protect their properties. Commissioner Seijas suggested that stores such as Wal-mart, Kmart and other stores that sell the chemicals to eradicate the fig whiteflies should provide flyers and post signs in their establishments to educate the public. Responding to Commissioner Diaz’ inquiry regarding how staff could expeditiously implement these efforts, Ms. Jennifer Glazer-Moon, Director, Office of Strategic Business Management, stated the County Manager would have to consult with the Public Works Department to determine how soon staff could move forward on this issue. Following this discussion the Board members concurred the County did not have sufficient time to wait for a report before addressing the control and eradication of the fig whitefly, whereupon it was moved by Commissioner Diaz that the Board direct the County Manager to expeditiously identify resources to eradicate the fig whitefly on Miami-Dade County’s public rights-of-way, and to educate the public on how to protect and control their private properties against the fig whitefly. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Souto, and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 10-0 (Commissioners Edmonson, Heyman and Sosa were absent).

Board of County Commissioners 12/4/2007 11A31 Carried over 12/6/2007
REPORT: See the Thursday, December 6, 2007, Board meeting minutes, Legistar Meeting Key No. 2426.

County Attorney 11/14/2007 Assigned Peter S. Tell

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS A REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF THE FIG WHITEFLY

BODY
WHEREAS, this infestation of fig whiteflies is the first recorded one in the continental U.S.; and
WHEREAS, the fig whitefly attacks several types of ficus such as Ficus benjamina, commonly used for hedges, as well as banyan trees, strangler fig, Cuban laurel, banana-leaf fig, and fiddle-leaf fig; and
WHEREAS, the leaves of a ficus infested with fig whiteflies begin to turn yellow before dropping, often in large quantities; and
WHEREAS, there is a substantial risk that major portions of Miami-Dade County will be defoliated unless the fig whitefly is controlled and eradicated quickly,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby directs the County Mayor to prepare and submit to the Board of County Commissioners a comprehensive report with recommendations concerning the control and eradication of the fig whitefly, including a discussion of the reasons that the fig whitefly is appearing in Miami-Dade County as well as an analysis of funding options and cooperative agreement options, not later than fortyfive (45) days from the date of passage of this Resolution.
The foregoing resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz and offered by Commissioner , who moved its adoption. The motion was seconded by Commissioner and upon being put to a vote, the vote was as follows:
Bruno A. Barreiro, Chairman
Barbara J. Jordan, Vice-Chairwoman
Jose "Pepe" Diaz
Audrey M. Edmonson
Carlos A. Gimenez
Sally A. Heyman
Joe A. Martinez
Dennis C. Moss
Dorrin D. Rolle
Natacha Seijas
Katy Sorenson
Rebeca Sosa
Sen. Javier D. Souto


The Chairman thereupon declared the resolution duly passed and adopted this 4th day of December, 2007. This resolution shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of its adoption unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY ITS BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HARVEY RUVIN, CLERK


By:________________________
Deputy Clerk


Approved by County Attorney as
to form and legal sufficiency. _______

Peter S. Tell
Agenda Item No. 11(A)(31)
Page No. 2


Approved Mayor Agenda Item No. 11(A)(31)
Veto __________ 12-04-07
Override __________


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