Miami
FL

Resolution
R-19-0084

A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE ANY AND ALL ACTIONS NECESSARY TO BAN THE USE OF HERBICIDES CONTAINING GLYPHOSATE BY THE CITY OF MIAMI ("CITY"), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CITY CONTRACTORS, IN THE PERFORMANCE OF LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE WORK ON ALL CITY-OWNED PROPERTIES; FURTHER DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK TO TRANSMIT A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION TO THE OFFICIALS STATED HEREIN.

Information

Department:Commissioners and MayorSponsors:Mayor Francis X. Suarez, Chair, District Two Ken Russell
Category:Elected Official Item

Body/Legislation

              WHEREAS, glyphosate is a herbicide that is applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses; and

 

              WHEREAS, while the United States Environmental Protection Agency considers glyphosate “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans,” the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”; and
 

              WHEREAS, numerous lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts across the country alleging that exposure to herbicide products containing glyphosate is associated with increased instances of cancer; and

 

              WHEREAS, researchers at Bowling Green State University studying the impact of glyphosate on the water quality in Lake Erie have discovered a potential link between glyphosate and harmful blue-green algal blooms; and

 

              WHEREAS, in recent years, Biscayne Bay has experienced a proliferation of blue-green algal blooms, which has a significant negative impact on water quality, marine life, and human health; and

 

              WHEREAS, runoff from the use of herbicides containing glyphosate may be contributing to the growth of blue-green algae in Biscayne Bay; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Commission has determined that it is in the best interest of the public health, safety, recreation, and general welfare of the residents of the City of Miami (“City”) to ban the use of herbicides containing glyphosate in all City-owned properties

 

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA:

 

              Section 1.  The recitals and finding contained in the Preamble to this Resolution are adopted by reference and incorporated as if fully set forth in this Section. 

 

              Section 2.  The City Commission directs the City Manager to take any and all actions necessary to ban the use of herbicides containing glyphosate by the City, including but not limited to City contractors, in the performance of landscaping and maintenance work in all City-owned properties.

 

Section 3.  The City Commission further directs the City Clerk to transmit a copy of this Resolution to the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida League of Cities, the Florida League of Counties, the Miami-Dade County League of Cities, the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, and all municipalities in Miami-Dade County.

 

Section 4.  This Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its adoption and signature of the Mayor.[1]

 


[1] If the Mayor does not sign this Resolution, it shall become effective at the end of ten (10) calendar days from the date it was passed and adopted. If the Mayor vetoes this Resolution, it shall become effective immediately upon override of the veto by the City Commission.

Meeting History

Feb 28, 2019 9:00 AM  City Commission Planning and Zoning
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Manolo Reyes, Commissioner, District Four
SECONDER:Wifredo (Willy) Gort, Commissioner, District One
AYES:Ken Russell, Wifredo (Willy) Gort, Joe Carollo, Manolo Reyes, Keon Hardemon