Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 083430
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File Number: 083430 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1436-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: FUNDING AND SUPPORT TO ERRADICATE THE RED BAY AMBROSIA BEETL Introduced: 11/25/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/16/2008
Agenda Date: 12/16/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A10
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES TO TAKE ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THE RED BAY AMBROSIA BEETLE AND PREVENT THE DESTRUCTIVE SPREAD OF LAUREL WILT DISEASE INTO AVOCADO CROPS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-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 12/16/2008 11A10 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 12/9/2008 2J Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with an unfavorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Souto asked that he be listed as a co-sponsor. He noted the County residents needed more advise on treating trees for the ficus white fly. He pointed out the Miami Herald published information that conflicted with the information that the County had been providing residents. Commissioner Souto expressed concern regarding the impact of the ficus white fly on the appearance of the County. Mr. Charles LaPradd, Agricultural Manager, Planning and Zoning Department, noted the County had used the internet, public appearances, newspaper articles, and a list of alternative species of plants to provided information to the public. He further noted the Consumer Services Department trained over 500 lawn maintenance professionals on applying chemicals to trees to fight the ficus white fly. Commissioner Souto suggested the County use Miami-Dade TV to provide more information regarding the proper response to the white ficus fly that would address the conflicting reports in the Miami Herald. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote. Chairman Martinez asked staff to prepare the appropriate memorandum to the Board of County Commissioners' Chairman Bruno A. Barreiro requesting that the Board's Rules and Procedures be waived to allow the foregoing proposed resolution to be heard at the December 16, 2008 County Commission meeting.

County Attorney 11/25/2008 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 12/9/2008

County Attorney 11/25/2008 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES TO TAKE ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THE RED BAY AMBROSIA BEETLE AND PREVENT THE DESTRUCTIVE SPREAD OF LAUREL WILT DISEASE INTO AVOCADO CROPS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

BODY

WHEREAS, avocados are the largest tropical fruit crop in Miami-Dade County encompassing 7,000 acres; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade’s avocado industry produces $15 million in sales per year and creates more than 1,000 jobs; and
WHEREAS, the red bay ambrosia beetle is an exotic invasive pest that was illegally introduced into the U.S. through a port in South Carolina; and
WHEREAS, laurel wilt disease is spread by the red bay ambrosia beetle; and
WHEREAS, laurel wilt disease rapidly kills avocado trees and presents a serious threat to all avocado trees in Miami-Dade County and all of the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, federal and state efforts and funding are quickly needed to address the red bay ambrosia beetle and laurel wilt disease,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Legislature, and the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to provide emergency funding to the University of Florida for research into effective methods of eradicating the red bay ambrosia beetle, preventing the spread of laurel wilt disease into avocados, and treating those avocados crops already affected.
Section 2. Urges the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to provide resources to prevent the movement of the red bay ambrosia beetle into avocado production areas, such as South Florida, and to prevent the movement into these areas of firewood and other plant material that may contain the beetle or its eggs or larvae.
Section 3. Urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to initiate a public information campaign to inform the residents of Florida and other affected states about the threats posed by the red bay ambrosia beetle and ways to combat them, including identification of the beetle, proper movement of plant material that may contain the beetle or its eggs or larvae, and available treatment options.
Section 4. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Governor of Florida, the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the President of the Florida Senate, the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 5. Directs the County's federal and state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Sections 1, 2 and 3 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2009 Federal and State Legislative Packages.



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