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Requiem for a Large Sabal & The End of An Era

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When we moved to Cape Coral 28 years ago, the nearest house on our side of the street was 1/4 mile away. Slowly over the years houses sprouted in the neighborhood until by 2011 when we bought our Garden Lot, only two building lots remained on either side of us. I planted my World Famous Sabal Row in 2009 with various Sabals I germinated to block the view of the abandoned new house to the east of us (remember the Great Recession?) Also, in 2009 I decided to beautify one half of the berm nearest our house on the Isabelle Canal. I planted green and silver Serenoa repens and what would become a very large Sabal (maritima, I think) that I'd germinated myself. We've also added Fakahatchee grass, a Clusia (autograph tree), bottlebrush trees. We knew someday someone would actually build on the end lot even though it faced Osama bin Laden's FL Summer Vacation Compound, aka an LCEC electrical substation.

Well, that day came bright and early Friday. Dump trucks delivered piles of rubble-infested fill dirt. In the afternoon earth moving equipment arrived to scalp the lot and begin site development in preparation for building and seawall installation. My beautiful landscaping is doomed for destruction on Monday. I'm particularly saddened about the silver Serenoa and that beautiful flowering Sabal. Frankly, I'd rather have the palms than new neighbors but the decision isn't mine.

I took the following photos of the doomed palms on the berm. Even one of the construction workers lamented the fate of the beautiful Sabal. Join me in wishing these poor palms eternity in Palm Valhalla

Views of the berm from street side

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Doomed Large Sabal (maritima?)

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Palm Eating Earth Mover

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The only upside to all this carnage is that the earth mover will also eat the detested, invasive 100' Australian pines that infest that lot and drop needles and seed capsules all over our property.

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WaianaeCrider

Not sure I understand.  You planted all that on the two empty lots?

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Dartolution

@PalmatierMeg such a sad sight! :(

I wish they could relocate those for you! I would love the silver Serenoa. :( 

 

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ZPalms

This is very sad, can they not be donated to a botanical garden or something? I thought sabals were protected in Florida :(

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Reyes Vargas
13 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Australian pines that infest that lot and drop needles and seed capsules all over our property.

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I'm with you on the Australian pine.  I hate then.  They are all over the place here in the RGV.  I planted one on my property and grew to 30 feet in no time.  Then suckers started to pop all over the place so I took it down.  After the freeze they all looked dead but they since have started to sprout back.

I'm also confused like @WaianaeCrider.  Why are those palms doomed?  Did you plant those palms on the other lots?

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PalmatierMeg

Sorry if I wasn't clear. That property is not ours. I have no say about what the developer does to clear it. I did a bit of "beautification" on top of the berm overlooking the end of the canal knowing it would all be torn out when the dock/seawall were installed. The Serenoa are native palms but the Sabal is not. They are not protected on private property and the owner can take them out at will (the exceptions are the three species of mangrove for which you need Federal and State permits to clip a twig - no mangroves on this freshwater canal). I can tell you it will cost the lot owner a bloody fortune to extract all those Australian pines and dig out the canal from the shell rock back 20-30 feet. In the golden olden days of wild West Cape Coral developers used dynamite to blast out the shell rock in preparation for seawalls. That is no longer legal and in the current violent, explosive times is a good thing.

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OC2Texaspalmlvr

RIP Maritima and good riddance Australian Pine. You win some and you lose some !!! 

T J 

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DAVEinMB

@PalmatierMeg well like you said, you knew it would happen eventually but it is very sad neverthless; you did an awesome job with that plot of land.

Fingers crossed that the new owner adds some of the look back that will be lost during construction

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PalmatierMeg
41 minutes ago, DAVEinMB said:

@PalmatierMeg well like you said, you knew it would happen eventually but it is very sad neverthless; you did an awesome job with that plot of land.

Fingers crossed that the new owner adds some of the look back that will be lost during construction

That would be wonderful. I just hope the new owners aren't retirees who hate palms, love grass, play golf and mahjong and keep 8 shih tzus

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DAVEinMB
3 minutes ago, PalmatierMeg said:

That would be wonderful. I just hope the new owners aren't retirees who hate palms, love grass, play golf and mahjong and keep 8 shih tzus

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shminbabe

I'm heartsick with you!

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Dartolution
5 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

That would be wonderful. I just hope the new owners aren't retirees who hate palms, love grass, play golf and mahjong and keep 8 shih tzus

This is oddly specific. I feel as though a tragedy has taken place lol. 

I hope so as well @PalmatierMeg. Educate your new neighbors on the joys of palms! :)

 

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sonoranfans

Wow, this hurts Im sure Meg.  I remember you planting that sabal row out way back when.  Hopefully they see that its a nice privacy screen and windbreak that should be preserved.   

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KsLouisiana

That sucks! Im really sorry. Maybe if they take some out you can save them? I mean that backhoe could probably help with that?

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Valhallalla

What a shame. I suppose that you knew all along that this would likely happen one day but that doesn't make it any easier. It might even make it harder since all that time in between makes it seem like things will just go on as they are indefinitely.

Sorry for your loss.

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Keys6505

On my way with a shovel!  

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OC2Texaspalmlvr
On 5/24/2021 at 7:54 AM, sonoranfans said:

Wow, this hurts Im sure Meg.  I remember you planting that sabal row out way back when.  Hopefully they see that its a nice privacy screen and windbreak that should be preserved.   

I dont believe there going after sabal row itself,  just the garden Meg had grown on the neighbors by the canal. I think I would help petition for Sabal row if that was actually gonna happen haha 

T J 

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PalmatierMeg
18 hours ago, OC2Texaspalmlvr said:

I dont believe there going after sabal row itself,  just the garden Meg had grown on the neighbors by the canal. I think I would help petition for Sabal row if that was actually gonna happen haha 

T J 

If the lot housing Sabal Row starts development my husband is going to plead with the contractor to spare the Sabal causiarum. He really loves that palm. If that fails he wants me to start another one from seed to plant on our land. 

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OC2Texaspalmlvr
4 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

If the lot housing Sabal Row starts development my husband is going to plead with the contractor to spare the Sabal causiarum. He really loves that palm. If that fails he wants me to start another one from seed to plant on our land. 

Oh wow so Sabal row isn't on your property either ? Same lot as the one that just got bought? Let me know if your husband needs some back up haha Sabal row can technically be dug up tho right? I feel a go fund me page starting !!! 

T J 

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Fallen Munk

They couldn't use the backhoe to relocate it?

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Phoenikakias
On 5/23/2021 at 10:43 PM, PalmatierMeg said:

That would be wonderful. I just hope the new owners aren't retirees who hate palms, love grass, play golf and mahjong and keep 8 shih tzus

:floor:

Maybe they turn out vegans wanting to produce their own vegetables.

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Joe NC

If you have the space... I bet the guy operating the backhoe would relocate that palm into your yard if you asked nice.  50 bucks and a case of beer would probably seal the deal.

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