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Oct 01

Palmetto Toilet Rebate Program is finally available !!

Posted on October 1, 2019 at 8:29 AM by Penny Johnston

We are genuinely thrilled to announce that the City of Palmetto will now send residents a check for $100 if they replace their old, 3.6 gallon per flush (gpf) toilets with the sleeker, more efficient, 1.28 gpf low-flow toilets.  Back in 1995, new legislation ruled that all new construction had to install toilets that were more water efficient, but Palmetto still has a lot of older homes with the large toilets in place.  If anyone buys a new 1.28 gpf toilet after today, October 1st to replace the older toilet, we will mail them a $100 check, limit of 2 toilets per household per year.  We have the rebate application and additional details on our website at

Sep 17

Palmetto Toilet Rebate Program

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 3:33 PM by Penny Johnston

The City of Palmetto, in conjunction with Southwest Florida Water Management District, is excited to announce beginning October 1, 2019, we are able to pay up to a $100.00 rebate to Palmetto utility customers who replace their 3.6 gallons per flush (gpf) high-flow toilets with more efficient 1.28 (gpf) low-flow toilets.  The Toilet Rebate Program will apply to toilets replaced after October 1, 2019, with a household limit of 2 toilets per year.

You can read specific details on the City’s website For more information about the Toilet Rebate Program, contact City staff at 941-417-2890 or email

Thank you for your help in our continued effort to conserve water.

Jul 01

Put the Phone Down While Driving

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 9:55 AM by Penny Johnston

The Florida Department of Highways Safety and Motor Vehicles is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation and law enforcement partners to educate Floridians on the changes to distracted driving law with the Put It Down: Focus on Driving campaign. The Wireless Communications While Driving Law, section 316.305, Florida Statutes, takes effect on July 1, 2019. This new law requires drivers to put their phones down and focus on driving.

What is the Wireless Communications While Driving Law?

Section 316.305, Florida Statutes allows law enforcement to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to motorists that are texting and driving. A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers or symbols into a wireless communications device to text, email and instant message.

Section 316.306, Florida Statutes, is a prohibition on using wireless communications devices in a handheld manner in school and work zone.  A person may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device in a handheld manner in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area.