Lush landscaping will adorn Jolley Bridge improvements on Marco Island

Roger LaLonde Staff
Palm trees in a construction area on the southwest side of the Judge S.S.  Jolley Bridge. The trees were planted on Friday along the side of the bridge as part of a beautification plan.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Palm trees in a construction area on the southwest side of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge. The trees were planted on Friday along the side of the bridge as part of a beautification plan.

Roger LaLonde Staff
Workers dig holes to accomodate more Palm trees along the southwest side of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge on Friday.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Workers dig holes to accomodate more Palm trees along the southwest side of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge on Friday.

— When the new span of the S.S. Jolley Bridge is complete this fall, lush landscaping – complete with Florida friendly plants, trees and shrubs – will greet drivers.

Plans to landscape the north and south bound approaches to the bridge were included in the $25.5 million project, according to JoAnn May, a public information officer with the Florida Department of Transportation. The contractor, Johnson Brothers Construction, has outsourced Back Bay Aquatics of Fort Lauderdale to complete the beautification.

Four kinds of palm trees, six different species of grass and nearly a dozen different flowers and shrubs will be planted, including coconut and sabal palms, spider and flax lily, creeping figs and bougainvillea.

According to the contract, Back Bay Aquatics will be responsible for the layout and installation of the greenery. After an initial period, the city of Marco will be in charge of the upkeep on the south side of the bridge, while Collier County will do the same on the north side.

The landscaping will provide an aesthetic entryway into the city and a new backdrop for the island’s welcome sign.

“I think it’s going to be appealing and add to the ambiance,” said parks and recreation director Bryan Milk, who added that it was important to make sure that the landscaping on both approaches is consistent. On July 6, he told members of the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee that the welcome sign will be joined by markers leading visitors to Founders Park (previously known as Veterans Park) at the corner of North Collier Boulevard and North Barfield Drive.

New names

The city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has approved a new name for two tracts of land on the island. Between November and April, the Parks and Recreation department held a community-wide naming contest for Tracts C and D, located along Winterberry Drive across from Winterberry Park. The winning name, Calusa Park, suggested by the island’s Beautification Advisory Committee was chosen. The name not only honors the history of the Calusa Indians on the island, but also the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, which has donated approximately $10,000 to beautify the park.

“They’ve been a significant contributor towards the enhancements,” said Milk.

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garyOfTheGulf writes:

How can we afford this right now? When with the GOV. (local, State and Fed. relize WE are broke!!! There is no more money!! Quit Spending what we don't have..

u2cane writes:

in response to garyOfTheGulf:

How can we afford this right now? When with the GOV. (local, State and Fed. relize WE are broke!!! There is no more money!! Quit Spending what we don't have..

This was funded by ARRA. We will only have to pay for upkeep after its complete. You can't quit ALL spending, just be wiser with what we have. If you quit all spending you will plunge us into a recession because private industry won't support projects like this without charging tolls.

u2cane writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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It only takes a look at the type of system we have to understand why we don't have as many or want as many taxes as Europe. We are a free market economy, not a socialistic state. If we wanted to get taxed so much we would move to Germany or France or Sweden. Stop trying to turn us into another European socialistic state.

themessiah writes:

MIW....

"There is no doubt that Mexicans, filled with dignity, willingness and ability to work are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do there in the United States!"

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The most racist statement I've heard from you Kblats...

Jobs that not EVEN the Blacks want to do?
Did you really just write this?

panola60 writes:

in response to garyOfTheGulf:

How can we afford this right now? When with the GOV. (local, State and Fed. relize WE are broke!!! There is no more money!! Quit Spending what we don't have..

Obama funded this as part of the stimulus.

Educationisnumberone writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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If liberals want socialism so badly, why don't they move to France! The top 1% of income earners (the rich people) already pay 60% of all the taxes. 50% of Americans don't pay ANY taxes! Why does Obama think the income rich people earn belongs to him, or the govt or anyone besides the person who EARNED it!?!?!? It's not their money! The govt screws up everything they touch (besides the military) and it's obvious rich people are better spenders of their money than the govt who WASTE it. Rich people also purchase over 50% of the luxury items built in this country, that creates jobs. Why should responsible working people be punished by the govt for being responsible???? It is unfair. Liberals are a real piece of work. Do they want to end up like Greece? That's where we headed.

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