What Are Wetlands?
Wetlands are those areas defined by Florida Statutes subsection 373.019(25). These areas are usually inundated or saturated by water long enough to create oxygen poor soils which under normal circumstances support wetland vegetation as defined in Chapter 62-340.450 of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). There are various natural plant communities typical of wetlands in Florida. Hydric pine flatwoods, cypress domes and strands, hydric hammocks, mangrove swamps, marshes and wet prairies are some of the wetland plant communities found in Lee County.