CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As landscaping goes, the rows of trees, shrubs, and plants growing along University Drive through Coral Springs need a makeover.
“The vegetation is in very poor condition,” said Claudia Alzate, Coral Springs’ horticulture contract coordinator, during a recent Coral Springs City Commission meeting. “It’s violating current design standards.”
And so, earlier this month, city commissioners approved $212,600 for a city-based company to improve landscaping along the median and other areas on University Drive from Southgate Boulevard to West Sample Road.
The project awarded to Landscape Service Professionals will include adding decorative concrete pavers and replacing trees and shrubs.
The total cost of the project is about $300,000, which includes $55,000 already spent on designs and $1,250 already spent on tree trimming, city officials said.
Before approving the funds, commissioners questioned where the money would be coming from in the city budget out of concerns the municipality is facing a budget shortfall due to economic losses from the coronavirus pandemic.
City staff explained most of the funds will come from the city’s tree trust fund which gets money from permits and fees related to construction, tree replacement, and other projects.
In the end, commissioners supported the project, but Commissioner Larry Vignola warned city staff to be frugal with the money in the tree fund in case the city needs those dollars to pay for replacing landscaping damaged in future storms.
“I just want to make sure we don’t deplete the fund,” he said.
The street landscaping project is one of many scheduled to be completed by city, county and state crews.
Other streets to be worked on include a stretch of West Sample Road from University Drive to State Road 441 as well as Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs Drive, Riverside Drive, and Atlantic Boulevard.
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