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Florida's Highway Beautification Programs

Jeff Caster
State Transportation
Landscape Architect
Production Support Office
Tel: 850.414.5267
Fax: 850.414.5201

Ashley Hagan Binder
Landscape Architect
Production Support Office
Tel: 850.414.4561

Additional Contacts
District Contacts


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"It shall be the policy of the state to conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty."
Article II, section 7(a), Florida Constitution

"The department shall have the powers and duties to...conserve the natural roadside growth and scenery; and to provide for the implementation and maintenance of roadside conservation, enhancement, and stabilization programs. No less than 1.5 percent of the amount contracted for construction projects shall be allocated by the department for the purchase of plant materials...."
Section 334.044 (26) Florida Statutes


"It is the policy of the Florida Department of Transportation to conserve, protect, restore and enhance Florida's natural resources and scenic beauty when constructing and maintaining the State Highway System. Under this policy, Florida can have:
           - The nation's most beautiful highways that attract and grow business.
           - Safe roadsides that are durable, and ecologically and economically sustainable.
           - Measureable returns on investments that grow in value over time.
In carrying out this policy, the Department will:
           - Make highway beautification everyone's business.
           - Accommodate existing and proposed trees and other long lived plants by consistently integrating landscape conservation and highway beautification into the processes that are used to plan, design, construct, and maintain roadways.
           - Utilize design strategies that enhance Florida's distinctive sense of place, create lasting curb appeal, and minimize the cost to conserve and maintain high quality landscapes.
           - Accept responsibility for maintenance of the state's highest priority landscapes, as established by the Department, when necessary to implement this policy.
           - Develop and implement a system to track costs and accomplishments of programs contributing to highway beautification." Highway Beautification Policy, Florida Department of Transportation

   

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Useful Links

 
Panhandle Wildflower Alliance meeting Feb. 11th
Posted: January 21, 2015 
9am CST to 3 pm CST in Blountstown, FL at 19359 Florida Hwy 71. Information on the development of wildflower programs, including county resolution establishment, maintenance and planting methods will be presented and discussed. Citizens, community leaders and FDOT employees welcome. For more information please contact Ashley Hagan Binder.

Economic Impact of Ecosystem Services Provided by Ecologically Sustainable Roadside Right of Way Vegetation Management Practices
Posted: January 13, 2015 
A FDOT study valuing Florida's roadside ecosystem services at over 1/2 billion dollars.

Wildflower Area in Hillsborough County in Bloom with Goldenwave Coreopsis
Posted: January 9, 2015
In FDOT District 7, a half an acre along SR 41 is currently blooming with Goldenwave Coreopsis.

$1 Million Dollars of Highway Beautification Grants Awarded
Posted: January 1, 2015
Thirteen Florida Communities applied for and received Highway Beautification grants totaling one million dollars. Congratulations to Charlotte County, Bonita Springs, Collier County, Sarasota, Coconut Creek, Miramar, Oakland Park, Pembroke Pines, Sebastian, Marathon, Town of St. Leo, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach.

Landscape Considerations in PD+E
Posted: January 1, 2015
“Landscape Considerations in Project Development and Environmental Management”, a power point presentation given by Jeff Caster at the Betty Easley Conference Center in Tallahassee on December 17, 2014.

Planting a Refuge for Wildlife
Posted: December 30, 2014
“Planting a Refuge for Wildlife”, a 40 page publication is now available from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Florida Embraces Bold Landscape Initiatives
Posted: September 30, 2013
This is a PDF file of a presentation that supports the Department's direction of Bold Landscaping Projects.