To the Editor:
A minor skirmish and topic of cocktail gossip has been brewing for the last few years, with several negative statements being published by well-meaning (but poorly-informed) individuals regarding the use of “curb-lawns” on Gilchrist Avenue.
Curb-lawns, or “tree lawns,” sometimes called “road verge,” are located in the area between the road and the sidewalk, and are often found on high traffic through streets such as Gilchrist Avenue.
Common in most communities, they are mandated in some places.
Curb lawns were never designed or intended for parking spaces.
The main purposes of curb lawns are:
• To absorb street runoff• To buffer and provide a safety zone between sidewalks and streets for pedestrians• To provide urban beautification and visual aesthetics
Some municipalities provide and maintain the curb lawns, while others instruct the adjacent property owners to bear this expense. While Lee County does not require curb lawns on Gilchrist Avenue, it has historically encouraged their installation. In cases of older homes, where parking on the homeowner’s property is unavailable, Lee County has allowed for parallel parking in the curb lawn area along Gilchrist Avenue.
Since we have provided parking for guests on our property, the curb lawn in front of our home at 361 Gilchrist Avenue was reviewed and approved by Lee County more than 25 years ago. It was designed by a licensed landscape architect and is maintained without cost to the community or to Lee County.
It is hoped that residents and visitors to Boca Grande appreciate and enjoy the effort and continuing expense.
Bob and Ann FletcherBoca Grande
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