The stone planters throughout the neighborhood have always been an issue due to:
1) They are of inconsistent size/building material
2) Many are cracking or damaged
3) The trees in some planters have grown too large
4) Emergency vehicles/Garbage trucks/Residents have a hard time getting through
5) The city controls the planters and is responsible for any maintenance
6) The city would prefer to remove planters rather than repair
The planters add character to the neighborhood in addition to slowing traffic without the need for speed bumps or other solutions that would harm the look/feel. At this time the condition of the planters and the trees in them have become a concern.
The HOA goal is to replace/repair the planters so they are all consistent and visually pleasing. In many cases this means smaller planters (like the one on Idlewilde) to replace the large ones on Villa/Bay Woods to allow for better traffic flow.
The largest issue we face is the city’s responsibility for the planters and their desire to either remove them or do nothing in regards to the planters. The HOA has had several conversations where the city said they may be willing to help us install low to the ground planters (similar to, but not of the same quality as the planters along Philippe Pkwy), which would be an improvement to what we have, especially if they are consistent.
At this time the city has been unwilling to start any projects related to the planters and the HOA has decided as a temporary measure the vegetation/trash in the planters should be removed and the planters themselves cleaned.