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The sea grapes at 2519 N Ocean in Boca were cut to the ground and killed the second week in March, and city staff has been asked for an answer since March 13th as to why the property owner, TGM Oceana, was allowed to do so.
To date, staff has not responded(1). The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the cutting the sea grapes is not of concern to the City Administration;
another example of an ‘oh well – not my job’ attitude and thought process. Cutting the sea grapes is a code violation and should be treated as such. What is so difficult to understand about the simple concept of keeping Boca Raton beaches pristine and natural???
A PowerPoint illustrating the destruction was sent to all City Council Members on March 28th. Take a look at it here. The only members to respond were Council Member Andrea Levine O’Rourke and now Deputy Mayor Scott Singer. Residents that are upset by this should contact the members of our City Council and City Administration and demand answers….
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Cartoon by Jessica Gray
Sea grapes at Red Reef getting ready to fruit.
(1) Editor’s Note: Wow. This story got lots of clicks. While that’s normally good I have to admit my bad. I did not let Al know of conversations members of our team had with city employees about this, so it’s technically unfair to say no city employees have responded.
As to whether any citations were issued for lack of permits, that’s still unclear. We’ll keep you posted. When I was a Park Ranger I used to catch grief because I didn’t write any tickets. I never like seeing anyone get citations and I personally hope that they don’t get cited. They are re-planting quickly.