Read my 2011 blog posting here, which provides three arguments against their caviar being sustainable.
Or read the newspaper feature here.
An excerpt appears below.
Excerpt from online version of the article. I did not add the question mark.
A blog dealing with Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota.
|Looking south, the two dark rectangles are the 1954 building and the dark circles are the palms.|
|Magenta arrows point to the location of the palms.|
Blue arrow shows the Woman's Club, now Florida Studio Theatre.
El Vernona Hotel, under construction, is shown in the upper right.
There is nothing that adds to the appearance of a street so much as shade trees and good sidewalks. On Palm and Gulf Stream avenues the tile sidewalks are completed from Main street to Banana avenues, and large cabbage palms planted outside the walks every ten feet for the entire distance. The driveways across the alleys have been hard surfaced, making Palm avenue one of the most attractive streets in town.
|Three cocoanut trees Dr. Kauffman apparently couldn't find on Coconut.|
|X marks the spot. Every x a native cabbage palm targeted for death.|
|This certainly seems to suggest it is a Business Improvement District|
|Check the center button on the bottom row.|
|The DID implemented the plan to "mirror the other side of the street".|
How many of you think of flowers when hollies are mentioned?
|Yeah, they are very obsessed with consistency. And nothing would make Palm Ave more boring than consistency.|
|As far as I have been able to determine so far, none of the voting entities mentioned above were told by staff that |
1)the design was not compliant with numerous officially adopted City policies, or
2) implementing the design would result in the elimination of 26 native trees from Palm Avenue.
|1957 photo shows palms lining North Palm Avenue.|
This black and white photo from 1957 clearly shows a row of palms
|The Palm Avenue Twenty Six|
|The Bay Plaza building in the center of the image wraps around the site in question|
|Compare the dense shade produced on the south side of the street with the plantings on the north side.|
|The presence of this sign recognizes the de facto status as an unofficial "micro-park".|
TheCity has scheduled a site visit on July 1 when I hope to get to the bottom of why every single one of these trees is slated to disappear. My fear/suspicion is that instead of starting with the existing landscape and modifying it to reach their goals, they started by assuming all the palms would vanish and they could start with a clean slate.
|View from the parking garage across the street|
|Actual image from DID website, ostensibly representing their admiration of the use of cabbage palms in Charleston|
Leaders are best when people scarcely know they exist,not so good when people obey and acclaim them,worst when people despise them.Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.But of good leaders who talk little,when their work is done, their task fulfilled,the people will all say: "We did this ourselves."