HORTICULTURE AND BEAUTIFICATION
The evolution of Lake Placid's beauty and
horticultural diversity is a historical story of citizens
who have grown to care for our town over the years.
In 2016 the Town merged responsibility for the
town's sidewalks and horticulture interest
into a single position that is wholly funded by the Town. The Town has a full-time employee dedicated to
keeping the plant life irrigated, fertitilized, trimmed, and safe, as well as the town's sidewalks.
The town strives to make Lake Placid a delightful and safe place to live and visit.
TRIBUTE TO KEEP LAKE PLACID BEAUTIFUL
Keep Lake Placid Beautiful (KLPB) exist today as an organized citizen effort to develop and maintain Lake Placid's hoticultural interests. Organized in 2002 to promote public interest in the general improvement of the environment of Lake Placid, Florida, KLPB has transformed the Town of Lake Placid by vigilantly pursuing complimentary landscapes.
Central to the effort has been long time nursery owner Mike Eisenhart who retired in 2016, and the KLPB board which meets regulary at the Chamber of Commerce.
Ronnie Hathaway taking down the old palms.
Tal Rancourt moving old trees.
Hoz Compton dismembering a tree on North Main Street.
Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Florida Atlantic University trimming
the oaks on Main Street as a community service project. The Oaks were,
then, about 3 years old.
Bert Harris Inspecting the oaks at 3 years old.
US 27/RAILROAD BRIDGE REFORESTATION
The underpass before reforestation
Steve Griffin of Griffin Trees planting Sabel Palms on N.E. Side of underpass.
Beginning to reforest the N.W. Side of under
The Chamber Committee renovated Stuart Park in 2002 with locally raised funds ($30,000.00). The renovation included the paver walk (sponsor names are in the bricks), additional trees and plants (oaks, DD Blanchard magnolia, cypress, east polatka holley, sabal palm, myrtles, crep myrtles, pigmy date palm), irrigation, streetlights and internal lighting. The renovation featured a central hammock to house the bronze bear (mother and cub) provided by locally raised funds through the Lake Placid Mural Society.
SOUTH MAIN STREET (SOUTH).
KLPB obtained a $15,000.00 grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestery to remove the exotic vegetation (Brizilian pepper and melelucka) and plant trees (live oaks, sabal palms, and ______palms), and understory (firebush, ______red, oleander, and crep myrtle) Several native areas (oak, hickory and palmettos) were enhanced with more oak and palmetto. The ________Railroad gave its permission for KLPB to reforest its right of way (parrellel to Main Street). Highlands County Road and Bridge Department cleared and removed the then existing vegetation, regarded the right of way, and provided the sod. Durring a Saturday community work day, about 120 local citizens planted the trees, pruned the saved native areas, cleared vines and plants not wanted, and mulched the area. KLPB provided the well and irrigation system. Sommers Irrigation designed the system and provided the pipe and parts at cost. The rocks encircling the ______palms were hauled in by SunRidge Harvesting (Charlie Wilson), unloaded and placed by Ronnie Hathaway and Bobby Mielke. Final grading of the palm tree island (surrounded by the rocks) and all of the mulch were provided by Ronnie Hathaway (Hathaway Diversified Materials).
NORTH MAIN CABBAGE HAMMOCK.
At Dal Hall Blvd and North Main Street, KLPB filled one island within the North Main Street median with a cabbage hammock. About fifteen Sabal palms provide a dense canopy for the walking public. The native understory include palmetto, firebush, _____grass and needle palm.
SOUTH MAIN STREET
Improve appearance of South Main Street with a clean up campaign and establishment of a mulched jogging trail (Winter of 2003 through Spring of 2004).
General Project Description. Clear exotic trees (pepper, ear, etc). Replace with native plantings such as oak, cabbage palm, long leaf pine, palmetto, cord and other grasses. Weave in a mulch jogging, walking path of Par Course (exercise stations). Light to come from existing power poles. Line South main west side oak trees. Consider asking the Town to sponsor a sidewalk along the eastern right of way, one half distance per year.
Sponsors. Seek sponsors in the general area of work (e.g., businesses on and adjacent to S. Main, land clearing contractors, landscape companies).
Work. Annex all property on South Main Street. Obtain permission from ailroad. Locate existing wells along the industrial drive area (e.g., Wirth, Wilson, CC Lead, Sommers). Locate town water, if needed. Have Highlands County surveyor locate the east right of way and monument. Use land clearing volunteers to clear the Brazilian pepper, ear trees, and other undesirables. Level and shape the road shoulder. Seed the general area with Bahia grass seed. Plant small (low cost) oak, pine, cabbage palms and other natives with temporary (two year anticipated) irrigation. Irrigation to be constructed so it can be shifted to permanently support trees and understory of palmettos and native grasses.
DAL HALL BOULEVARD
Streetlights. Obtain county permits for the lights. Finalize the contract with Central Contractors. Determine the cost of the individual lights. Collect the committed light contributions.
Irrigation. Design and permit the irrigation to come from the existing well to Dal Hall Blvd., east to the football field.
Landscape Football Field. Entrance to be at 45 degrees to the road. Add specimen trees inside and outside the gate. Oak Palm and vibirnum along the fence. Irrigate both. Obtain approval of the LP Athletic Association and Jon Million.
Road Side Trees. Encourage owners to plant Oaks and Crapes on private property along the balance of the Blvd. (not enough room on the right of way).