Coastkeeper planting day at Dead Man's Island

Monday, June 8, 2009

Please see the below message from Elizabeth Williams of Emerald Coastkeeper. If you can, please come out to help us in our continuing efforts to protect and maintain our natural resources.

On Sunday, June 14th, from 9 am to 1 pm, Emerald Coastkeeper will be planting seagrasses on the historic Dead Man's Island. We will meet at the Wayside Boat Ramp. If you are coming from Pensacola, go over the 3 Mile Bridge and as soon as you get off the bridge and into Gulf Breeze, we will be at that parking lot directly on your right.

It is an easy 15 minute kayak trip to the island, and there will also be volunteers with boats to shuttle those without kayaks.

Come for as long or as short as you like- this is fun for the whole family! Children ages 8 and up are welcome with an adult.

Bring yourself some water, sunscreen and a snack.

For more information about Dead Man's Island, visit their website:

If you have any questions, please give me a call! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Elizabeth McWilliams
Director of Development
Emerald Coastkeeper
o: 850-429-8422
c: 850-221-9205


Anonymous said...

I am a concerned citizen who absolutely loves the outdoors and just spent three hours sitting under shade trees in one of our beautiful downtown parks.

I have a concern about the restrictive nature of the proposed Tree/Landscape Regulation. (Chapter 12-6) concerning the removal of protected trees.

Paragraph 12-6-6-B (2) says, “Removal of Protected Trees. Subject to the requirements of (1) above, protected trees may be approved for removal if one (1) or more of the following conditions are present:

(a) visibility hazard, (b) Safety hazard, (c) Construction of improvements, (d) site conditions–grading (e) diseased or weakened trees, (f) compliance with other ordinances or codes.

Suppose I have just purchased a wooded lot zoned commercial for a proposed retail business. I have completed my building layout and my parking lot layout and have approximately 50 feet of property between my parking lot curb and the right of way.

If I read the above paragraph correctly, the only protected trees I can remove in this 50’ area are those that would be in the driveway leading to building.

The reason I would want to remove many of the trees in this area is for “visibility needed to promote the economic viability of a retail establishment.” As long as I am complying with the minimum 10% preservation rule, attempting to protect large trees on the side of the building and behind the building, I feel that I should be allowed to improve the visibility to my retail store.

Could anyone purchase a wooded lot and build a house with a large sodded front yard with a few nice shade trees? The proposed code doesn’t seem to allow for such a yard. Many people don’t want to feel like they live in the woods and prefer a lawn.

Could anyone purchase a wooded lot and build a home and a garden in the back yard? Would this be considered a site condition? Would the City Manager have to approve the building of garden?

I hope the city will consider revising the proposed code so that there is not a prohibition on the removal of protected trees but some type of incentive for protecting as many as one possibly can while being free to use his property as permitted by zoning.

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