Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Palm Beach County backs down...a little

According to this article in the Sun Sentinel, officials in Palm Beach County have tentatively agreed to relax their ultra-strict policy banning several invasive plant species and requiring their removal. This is likely to come as a great relief to anyone with full-grown melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia) or Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia) on their property, since they no longer have to spend thousands of dollars getting rid of those trees. For those with old-world climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum) or air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera ) on their property, there is a more creative solution: someone from the county will come to their property and kill those invasives, as long as the owner agrees to continue the eradication process.

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