I Don’t Want Cupcakes, but leave the Boulevard’s Royal Palms Alone!

Image of the Boulevard’s Royal Palms taken in 1949 (New York Times)

Several people were handing out cupcakes to drivers and pedestrians in Downtown Miami to protest the city’s plan to replace Biscayne Boulevard’s numerous Royal Palms with Live Oak trees. This has to be the most absurd piece of news I’ve heard in a long while. Are we in tropical Miami or mild Atlanta? Why Live Oaks? Apparently the Live Oaks will offer shade where the Royal Palms do not. What about the several skyscrapers that block out the sun for half of the day? There is no lack of shade just lack of reason. Leave the Royal Palms alone! They beautify the Boulevard, represent Miami’s climate, cost less to maintain, and are not as susceptible to hurricane force winds as the Live Oaks. Finally, these wretched Live Oak canopies will block my view of the skyscrapers from my car’s sunroof. Not cool.

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4 responses to “I Don’t Want Cupcakes, but leave the Boulevard’s Royal Palms Alone!

  1. FrenchyMiami

    Leave the Palm Trees for god’s sake it s becoming ridiculous

  2. Might as well set tax payer funds on fire.

  3. James Wilkins

    MIAMI IS PALM TREES!! KEEP THE ROYAL PALMS.

    THEY WANT TO THROW AWAY ONE OF MIAMI’S MOST ALLURING QUALITIES. IT’S INSANE.

  4. James, I’m going to contact the city regarding this issue. The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. Putting aside everything I mentioned in the post, no one is asking how old these royal palms are. The lifespan of certain trees can exceed that of humans. Maybe I’m way off, but these palms may have been there for decades. The older they are, the more of an outrage their removal will be. And even if they’re not old, it’s a terrible idea regardless.

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