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Fairchild Tomorrow, Pro Tips?
Down in central FL over the holidays, I think I’ve finally convinced my wife to let me make the trip down to Fairchild tomorrow 1-4-18. Not a lifelong dream but a years-long one at any rate. Anyway, who has some pro tips? Must see? Must avoid?
Palms and Critters
By Yunder Wækraus
Took a very brief trip to Fairchild with my family. Our favorite thing about the place is the wildlife (much of it naturalized reptiles from the tropics). Palms and critters do my heart good :-)
My trips to South Florida & Key west.
Recently I took several extended trips to South Florida & Key West. Some are just palms, others are just nice photos I took and they almost all happen to have palms in them. I'll do this in 5 or so photos per post when I can, and give an overview for each post. So, with that, here they are.
This first set is from my key west visit. It was a 4 day 3 night visit with lots packed in it. The photos I post here are only the tip of the ice berg. There are many many many more and many videos as well. Quite a few have not even made it to YouTube yet. They will.
We left on 8/29 and drive down from Fort Lauderdale. Fantastic weather and great day for that amazing drive. If you have not been I highly suggest that when you do go, you do the drive. It's stunning. This was at the same time Hermine was skirting just south of Florida and move up just west of the keys. The entire trip featured mostly beautiful but highly changeable weather. Constant winds of 25-35, with many times the first two days of periods of 45-50mph winds. Very rough seas fire being protected by a reef. Blowing sand in places and lots of thunder and lightning especially at night. Most storms stayed offshore though and there was little rain for most of the trip. Plenty of sun in between which made it very very warm if not hot at times. Very much tropical weather.
First I'll start with the small "botanic garden" about one black from the very nice resort we stayed in on Fleming Street. The garden is part of the property Monroe County Public Library, Key West branch near the corner of Fleming and William streets.
I will try to post the label marker for each tree first, then the tree next. Many however were not labeled and there were a lot of label poles just sitting around needing to be appropriately placed. It's a nice but very small little garden that's fairly packed. It did however allear that it was in need of some TLC. The last photo in the group did t have a label.
Scenes from the Biennial, July 2016 IPS Newsletter
Click this link to read the July Newsletter.
I know this sounds strange, but I swear it’s true - a coconut palm ban in Miami!
By Elvis Cruz
Dear Friends and Fellow Palm Enthusiasts,
I know this sounds strange, but I swear it’s true.
The City of Miami, Florida has banned the planting of coconut palms on Miami’s streets!
How do I know this?
About a year and a half ago I planted the baby coconut palm you see in this picture, in a circular street median near my house, to replace one that a City of Miami truck had knocked over. (I planted that felled coconut back in 1991, as well as the tall one you see next to the baby.)
Three months ago the City of Miami issued me a “Notice of Violation - Potential Property Lien”, with a possible $500 a day fine, for allegedly having planted that baby coconut palm without a permit. (It turned out I actually do have a permit, but the city doesn’t seem inclined to honor it. There are some strange plot twists to this story.)
During my subsequent conversations with the city they told me that they banned the coconut palm from the City of Miami’s streets, and possibly its parks as well!
You can read a newspaper story about this bizarre episode by clicking here.
The whole scenario was so weird that I asked to appear before the Miami City Commission.
You can watch my presentation to the Miami City Commission here. The video is about a half-hour long.
(Once you get to that website, scroll about halfway down the list of agenda items and click on the second of two items labled “PA.4 Personal Appearance - Elvis Cruz")
The coconut palm has been planted on Miami’s streets for longer than the 120 years Miami has existed.
It is an iconic part of Miami’s history, image and culture.
And, oddly enough, at the same time the City of Miami is prosecuting me for having planted a coconut palm on a street, the City of Miami itself has been planting coconut palms on its streets!
Here’s a couple of examples:
These coconut palms were recently planted on NW North River Drive at approx 5 avenue, as part of a city street project.
This trio of coconut palms was very recently planted on 27th Avenue and Tigertail.
Has the city banned private citizens from getting permits to plant the coconut palm on neighborhood streets, while continuing to plant them itself? Or is it a case of one department of the city not knowing what another is doing?
Or, as some have told me, is one particular outspoken citizen being selectively targeted?
It gets even weirder. Above you can see that the City of Miami has just planted at least a dozen large, mature coconut palms around its new dock master building, right next to Miami City Hall.
A double standard?
As Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell noted in this newspaper interview, one of the largest local purchasers of coconut palms is the City of Miami itself!
The coconut ban was instituted by the city administration, with no public notice, public hearing or public input. As I was told by a city official, it is a policy, not a law. It has never been voted on by the Miami City Commission. It was done without our elected representative’s knowledge or consent. It is not written in the city code.
Why did the city administration ban the coconut palm? Fear of possible liability from falling coconuts, they said. But that can be easily solved by not planting them next to parking spaces, and by letting freelance harvesters pick them. (There are coconut harvesters who will come and pick coconuts for free; they then sell them to restaurants or markets.)
Understandably, the good citizens of Coconut Grove have been particularly displeased about the ban.
They certainly don’t want the city to ban the coconut from Coconut Grove!
A Coconut Grove homeowner’s association passed a resolution asking to end the ban. And one Coconut Grove resident has started an on-line petition to end the ban.
Could you please help?
Please click here to sign the petition to keep the coconut palm in Miami and in Coconut Grove. And feel free to add your comments.
Signing the petition takes less than a minute, but it will help protect over 120 years of history and tradition.
(If the petition website puts you on a mailing list you can easily unsubscribe.)
Please feel encouraged to forward this email to anyone you think might care about protecting palm trees and Miami’s cultural heritage!
Thank you very much,