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Palm clusters planted along Beach Trail
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Thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Treasure Islettes, the city of Treasure Island has beautified the Central Beach Trail with 14 palm clusters, consisting of three 12- to 18-foot trees in each cluster.
TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners tentatively approved a budget transfer June 3 that will help to beautify the walk along the Beach Trail in Treasure Island.

Thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Treasure Islettes, the city has installed 14 palm clusters, consisting of three 12- to 18-foot trees each, along the trail.

The plantings are on areas between east of the trail and west of commercial properties on city property, between 104th and 118th avenues

“After a bunch of hard work from the Islettes, we did get the permission (from commercial interests) to put in 14 clusters,” said City Manager Reid Silverboard. “That money that they donated was not appropriated. So what we’re asking is for the commission to appropriate that $25,000.”

Silverboard said the city has already purchased the clusters and installed them.

Public Works Director Mike Helfrich said the city used about $12,000 of the $25,000, which leaves a substantial sum for additional trees.

“We’re hoping that once the other commercial businesses see the clusters, we are going to go back to them and say we still have some money left in the budget,” said Helfrich. “We’ll just go ahead and install them.”

Silverboard said the city would use a 200-gallon tank on a trailer to water the clusters until they are established.

“Originally, when we were talking about this, weren’t the hotels, or businesses along there, say they would take care of them for us?” asked Commission Phil Collins.

“That’s what we tried to do but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way,” Silverboard said. “So we will install the clusters and water them for about six months to a year until they get established. We’ll water them once or twice a week until they get established and then they’ll be on their own.”
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