Gulf Boulevard Beautification Project
Update January 2017 - The Town of Indian Shores and the Planting Committee have engaged Terra Tectonics Design Group, Inc., to develop a Streetscape Beautification Plan, leveraging a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, which provides funding to improve the state road medians and to beautify the gulf communities. Additional funding for this program comes from Penny for Pinellas sales tax dollars.
We have currently secured easements from over 50 properties along Gulf Boulevard. Phase 1 of the Beautification will be going out for bid in March with planting for these properties to begin in April.
We firmly believe this project will dramatically improve the aesthetics of Gulf Boulevard (Main Street, Indian Shores).
If you, your association or business are interested and wish to be considered for inclusion in the Phase 2 of this program, please contact Bill Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Darlyn Stockfisch (email@example.com) or call (727) 595-4020.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever; it will never pass into nothingness.
– John Keats
There is an exciting project underway here in Indian Shores as you can see by the pictures and slideshow above.
Many of you came to our July 12 Council Meeting and saw firsthand the presentation on the Indian Shores Gulf Boulevard Beautification Streetscape plan given by our landscape architect, Jonathan Toner of Terra Tectonics. This project will have an enormous impact on the aesthetics of our Town.
The Gulf Boulevard Beautification Committee has begun contacting Indian Shores residents to discuss how the project will affect them. Our intent is to provide a streetscape that uniquely identifies Indian Shores from the surrounding communities by use of Florida-friendly landscape materials. The planting palette will be both ornamental and flowering with a flair to the tropical as this is a beach community. The general concept is to provide a cadence of alternating Flowering Trees and Ornamental Tall Palms down Gulf Boulevard. Special emphasis will be placed on both the north and south community entrances and along the Park Boulevard entrance into the community.
Landscaped areas will be where they can be found along the roadway both on municipal properties and also located and maintained on private properties. The plantings might be located sometimes in areas of existing asphalt or concrete that will be removed, planting soils filled in and the materials planted. Other plantable areas will utilize the existing green spaces wherever possible.
There is such a variety of both color and texture and shape with native plants that it makes it easy to create an appropriate streetscape design with them. There is also a great deal of sustainability using native plants as they are adapted to the conditions of our West Central Florida beachfront. This creates a long-term streetscape that does not have to be replaced as often due to storm events or other natural weather conditions.
This project is being funded by the Penny for Pinellas with money earmarked specifically for the beautification of Gulf Boulevard.
If you would like more information about the Gulf Boulevard Beautification Streetscape project, you can contact Town Hall at (727) 595-4020 or contact one of your team representatives listed here.