Sunday, February 11, 2007

Coquina Beach Trail Brings Changes

Coquina Beach, located in Bradenton Beach, Florida, is undergoing one of the biggest changes it has ever experienced, other than beach renourishment.

An 8 foot wide concrete trail is being constructed from 5th Street South in Bradenton Beach, all the way to Longboat Pass. Change doesn't come without cost, though. In addition to the nearly $400,000 cost of the project comes the cost of losing more than 60 mature Australian pine trees which were a source of much needed shade and shelter for humans and wildlife.

This is just one more battle in the "war against Australian pines" being waged by the State of Florida. I'm not against the control or eradication of demonstrably harmful invasive species, but some discretion is in order.

Check out my photos and commentary on the Coquina Beach Trail.