NEW SMYRNA BEACH--Aug. 8, 2019
In 2016 and 2017, Hurricanes Matthew and Irma resulted in the loss of over 100 live oak, palm and pine trees at New Smyrna Golf Club and 10 trees at Riverside Park. Since then, an additional 40 pine trees have been lost due to “shakes” suffered by the separation of vital plant tissue that leads to death and invites colonization by pine beetles.
A favorite course for area golfers and important element of local tourism, the New Smyrna Golf Club is an 18-hole public course located at 1000 Wayne Ave. where multiple organizations gladly choose to host tournaments and corporate outings. Riverside Park at 299 S. Riverside Dr. is similarly beloved as the waterfront site of our newly renovated Manatee Playground and many special events held throughout the year, including Images: Festival of the Arts, which recently attracted over 235 artists and 48,000 visitors to the City in its 43rd straight year. That said, it was imperative for us to return these venues to their best possible condition.
Last January, the U.S. Forestry Service awarded a $16,140 grant to the City to replace trees lost during recent hurricanes. Given the great expense involved in any hurricane clean up effort, this was a most welcome piece of news.
The City has since used the grant to purchase 88 trees, irrigation bags and tree stakes for support through the initial growing period. Last July, City Parks Division staff successfully re-planted 80 live oaks, cypress and southern red cedars at the Golf Club and the remaining 8 at Riverside Park.
As a certified Tree City USA and Monarch City USA operating under newly approved tree protection requirements and hot on the heels of a 152-acre land preservation acquisition along Turnbull Creek, we are proud to continue our sincere commitment to protecting the natural elements of New Smyrna Beach. Thanks to this grant, trees will continue to play a significant role in improving the quality of our public parks, facilities and open spaces.
Press release composed by Faith Miller, Maintenance Operations Director for the City of New Smyrna Beach.