In the early part of the last century, South Venice developers dug long, deep ditches to drain the landscape of stormwater and make housing tracts possible. It was typical Florida development “style.”
Some of those ditches erode. In South Venice and throughout the region, some are overgrown with Brazilian pepper and other exotic vegetation. In many places, when governments come in with heavy-duty mowers, the ditches are left with layers of rotting, nitrogen-rich muck. This stuff washes down the ditches and pollutes larger waterways.
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