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Three Australian pine trees to be removed from North Jetty Park to ensure safety

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SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff will oversee the removal of three Australian pine trees from North Jetty Park, 1000 S. Casey Key Rd., Nokomis, in order to ensure public safety.

The trees are considered a nuisance invasive, and county arborists have inspected them and selected them for removal based on their poor overall health, including browning needles, wood decay and structural defects. Multiple limbs have broken off of one tree in the southwest parking lot area, and the wood is rotted through the main trunk and other areas. Another tree is in close proximity to the concession building and restrooms, posing a threat to the property.

Some areas of the park will be blocked off to restrict public access during the work, which is scheduled to take place March 18–20. Additional work days may be needed if complications are encountered.

Native vegetation will be replanted as necessary to provide shade in park areas and enhance habitat diversity.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.