The Southwest Florida Water Management District has ordered lawn irrigation restricted to one day a week because of the ongoing drought.
The scattered showers this week were welcome, but the current conditions will continue until there is adequate sustained rainfall.
This typically occurs from late June to late September.
This underscores the wisdom of landscaping with native plants that can generally cope with weather extremes, provided they are planted in the right location.
Meanwhile, there is still a countytwide burn ban, which includes campfire.
In addition, Swiftmud has restricted vehicle access to many of its recreational lands because of the danger hot vehicle parts could inadvertently spark a wildfire.