The only difference between Broward County and Volusia County is 30 years.
Over the years, we produced about 2,000 trees, shrubs and other plant material per year. That doesn't include sea oats: we grew about 70,000 sea oats over the past three years.
We've had that problem before -- there was a cluster of deaths in Ormond back in 1998. We never really understood what was going on.
We couldn't justify investing in improvements knowing we were going to have to move away. So when we looked at the economics, this is much better.
If we don't do that, we will be Broward County, and you will too.
Hopefully in the end, we will have citizens who are better educated about the environment and the importance of protecting it.
Whenever someone removes trees without a permit and things like that, they have to pay fees.
We're really trying to reach out to people. We're trying to overcome the negative feelings people have about native plants and get more natives back in the system. We want people to see them as an attractive choice.
Scrub is probably the most endangered habitat type left in Florida.