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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.

Apr 16

Stay Informed

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM by Penny Johnston

From time to time, the City of Palmetto has current information that we would like to share with our residents, communities, and the media. Some news is included with the utility bills, and for the media or some of our communities, we forward the news in an email to the “contact person” and let them disperse the information.  We want you to know the City has a new Code Red phone system, or there is pending state legislation that may affect you, or there are upcoming public events we want to share.


If you are part of a Homeowner’s Association and would like to be kept abreast of the information, please call City Hall at 941-723-4570 and ask to speak with my assistant, Penny Johnston.  She will add your email address to our list… and I promise we will not inundate you with junk mail.


The City staff and elected officials are striving to do the very best for Palmetto, and we want to keep you informed along the way.