FDOT planting more palm trees along median of Beach Boulevard

Officials say landscaping project scheduled for completion in March


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – People may notice some big landscaping projects when heading toward the beaches this weekend.

The Florida Department of Transportation has started planting more palm trees along the median of Beach Boulevard.

A landscaping project along 2 miles of Beach Boulevard, or State Road 212, from San Pablo Road to 12th Street South in Jacksonville Beach began in September. Officials said it is scheduled for completion in March.

FDOT's $1.3 million median landscaping project includes plantings of 173 sabal palms, 44 medjool palms, 29 wild date palms, three cathedral oaks and 1,038 evergreen paspalum (crown grass) plants, officials said.

The department added that 94 existing sabal palms will be relocated to medians east of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

The project includes a two-year establishment period, in which the contractor will monitor and replace trees and shrubs as needed. Officials said temporary irrigation will be installed within the medians throughout the contract time to assist in establishing the roots in the soil, and will be removed after the establishment period in 2019.

A landscaping project from St. Johns Bluff Road to San Pablo Road was completed last spring and is in the two-year establishment period, the department said. Contractors and project managers monitor the medians on a regular basis and remove, replant or prune trees and shrubs as necessary.

The department said that project began in August 2015 at a cost of $3.1 million.