■ SUBMITTED BY THE GICIA
As we enter the holiday season, the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) is pleased to see new trees being planted along the Gilchrist median.
When Lee County announced their plans to replant coconut palms along the Gilchrist median where they had historically once stood, GICIA emphatically encouraged the idea. In fact, the GICIA board of directors voted unanimously to support the effort by making a financial contribution toward the County’s purchase of the 66 trees needed.
The trees being planted are gorgeous 8’ Maypan coconut palms that are being supplied by Hannula Landscaping. The 4’ root balls, which made transport more difficult due to weight, will give the trees more stability once planted. There are 66 of these beautiful trees, which will be planted, fertilized, staked, and watered between now and the end of December.
At a cost of approximately $1,300 apiece, the GICIA is delighted to have contributed toward the purchase of seven of the trees. The trees will initially be staked to add stability and ensure that they are able to adapt and expand their root systems.
We encourage everyone to be patient through the “establishment” period, as we all want to be sure that these will be happy, healthy trees many years into the future. There are still a few spots left on the GICIA Land Conservancy tour of a special property located in Boca Grande.
This is a parcel not normally accessible to the public, which has allowed GICIA to reintroduce native orchids onto the site.
If you are interested in participating in the April 21 tour of this site, please contact the GICIA office at 941-964-2667. Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association, Inc. P. O. Box 446, Boca Grande, Florida 33921.