Lakefront Homes in Central Florida
Lorraine Burch

Central Florida Lakefront Resources

Maintaining the Ecosystem
The lake is an important ecosystem. Lakefront homeowners are more aware than anyone else of the importance of maintaining a healthy ecosystem. In addition, state, county and local government have ordinances designed to protect the ecosystem with stiff fines for violations. So it is best to be informed.

The following links are provided to assist lakefront home buyers and owners in Central Florida in educating themselves about lakefront living.

Waterfront Property Owners Guide FDEP
From the State of Florida, Department of Environmental Protection a guide for waterfront property owners.

Creating a beautiful and Florida-friendly yard
The climate, soils, temperature, and rainfall is different in Florida than the rest of the USA. Learn how to create a beautiful oasis that enhances the environment. Avoid mistakes that create stress for homeowners and pollution for our fragile environment. It is easier to cultivate the right plants, using good techniques.

Aquatic & Invasive plants
To help you identify friend from foe. Exotic invasive plants can take over your property. The University of Florida provides these pictures and descriptions.

Volunteer Water Quality Management Program
Lakefront Homeowners can monitor water quality and report their findings.

Butler Chain Conservation Association
Community organization dedicated to protecting the unique natural resource, the Butler Chain of Lakes, a designated "Outstanding Florida Waters" and worthy of special protection.

Water Quality
Orange County Water Atlas
Lake County Water Atlas

Florida Boating 
Florida Boating Regulations. Do you know what age child can operate a boat? I strongly encourage everyone to take the boat safety course.

Boat Owners Association of The United States - Boat US
Resource for towing, insurance and more. AAA of the boating world.

Florida Freshwater Fishing Bag and Length Limits
Freshwater Fish Identification
General Fishing Resource

Water Management Districts
Now that you have purchased a lakefront home you need to know the local regulations regarding clearing and maintaining the waterfront. Since water systems do not necessarily follow county districts, water management districts establish coordinated plans and regulations for managing our water systems.
St Johns River Water Management District
South Florida Water Management District

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