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Palm trees on Courtney Campbell removed to make way for trail

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Drivers who travel from Clearwater to Tampa may notice that the rows of palm trees that line the Courtney Campbell Causeway from Clearwater to Tampa have been removed.

The palms were stacked up on the side of the roadway Tuesday, as workers on heavy equipment moved down the line for three miles.

The Florida Department of Transportation is removing 326 palm trees to make room for the extension of a pedestrian trail.

"In order to build the trail, the trees have to be removed. The good news is we have landscaping projects that are coming back after these job are done to add all kinds of beautiful landscaping," said Kristen Carson, FDOT spokesperson.

Workers will pave a 12-foot-wide multi-use trail on the south side of the causeway, similar to the one on the Hillsborough side to the east. They will also install a 5-foot-wide sidewalk to finish the walkway on the west side.

Carson said the trees couldn't be re-planted at another location. "These were put in around the year 2000 and a lot of them were damaged by tropical storm Debbie. We looked at the economics of it and actually it's more expensive to take them out and transplant them," said Carson.

The project will complete the 9-mile-stretch of the causeway, so that pedestrians and bicyclists can enjoy the scenic route.


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