The National Wildlife Federation

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Monday, February 13, 2023

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City of Satellite Beach

Satellite Beach , FL

Steve Osmer


Pledge Summary

Satellite Beach is a city of roughly 11,000 residents and 2.92 square miles, located on the Space Coast, just several miles south of Cape Canaveral, in Brevard County. The City is on a barrier island, sandwiched between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to a 52-acre island nature preserve and over 17 acres of coastal conservation land. Additionally, Satellite Beach has created a demonstration garden in front of City Hall consisting of over 8,000 square feet of native plants. Mayor Steve Osmer of Satellite Beach, FL has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with their signing of the Mayor's Monarch Pledge and looks forward to engaging residents in enhancing and expanding pollinator habitat throughout the city.

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Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Change ordinances so herbicides, insecticides, or other chemicals used in the community are not harmful to pollinators.
  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
  • Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where possible.
  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.
  • Adopt ordinances that support reducing light pollution.