Trees on the Coast (TOTC), a local 501(c)3 environmental nonprofit, asked for approval to donate, plant and irrigate 87 Sand Live Oaks at no cost to the County between the new bike paths and 30A on the north side of 30A at Western Lake and west of Hwy. 283 on the south side of 30A. The organization also asked permission to create an “Honor Tree” program to allow citizens to honor loved ones by donating trees with a small 4-inch by 6-inch honor plaque installed in the ground at the base of their donated tree. SWCC and Scenic Corridor Foundation spoke in favor of the projects. Representatives from Regional Utilities and CHELCO expressed significant concerns about the trees interfering with their access to their facilities and causing damage to their facilities. Commissioner Anderson stated that he feels this is a very worthwhile project. He suggested that TOTC and the county work closely with our utility companies. He also advised that a new Florida Green Book is coming out in the next few months that provides new standards that may help with this. (The Green Book provides criteria for public streets, roads, highways, bridges, sidewalks, curbs and curb ramps, crosswalks, bicycle facilities, underpasses, and overpasses used by the public for vehicular and pedestrian travel. This manual is intended for all projects not on the state and national highway systems.) He asked that everyone try to make this work and suggested Mr. French get with the utility companies and come back to the BCC when the new Green Book is out and the details are worked out with the utility companies. Our hope at SWCC is that the utility companies will come to the table and work with the county and TOTC to make these and other projects like them a reality to improve the appearance of our communities and to realize the myriad of other benefits of trees including erosion control, improved drainage, noise reduction, air and water quality improvement, traffic calming effects and temperature reduction on roadways and paths through the provision of shade among other benefits.