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RE: Island Beautification

February 27, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor

Recently a group of friends and I traveled to the Keys. I am always impressed by the beauty of the landscaping there. I said to my fellow travelers, "Wouldn't it be lovely to have Stringfellow and Pine Island Road lined with palms like this?" We all agreed and began to wonder how we could make that happen?

My question is, what organization on the island could coordinate a project of this magnitude? Do we look to Chamber of Commerce, the Garden Club or create a special interest group? Will Lee County allow us to improve right a ways and who would be responsible for clean-up and maintenance? I'm curious, is this feasible?

There are long runs on the bike path that could use some visual interest, especially between the KOA and VFW and from the center past the fish streets. Little Pine Island is native, but aren't some of our palms? I find it amazing that we are a world class supplier of some of the most amazing varieties of palm trees in the world and we are not flaunting our wares.

Personally, I'd love for our community to remain laid back, simple and retain the Pine Island flare we all dearly love, but with a few more palm trees swaying in the breeze please?

Sandy Rayannic

St. James City



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