Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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64 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Changing a blighted beachfront environment into a public resort destination was the challenge faced by the city of Pompano Beach Fla. This beach city (pop. 102,984), tucked between Deerfield Beach to the north and Fort Lauderdale to the south, is part of the greater Miami metro area (pop. 5,564,635). The city is home to the Goodyear blimp ('Spirit of Innovation'), although that's about to be replaced by the "state-of-the-art NT blimp." If your curious about the city's name, it derives from the short-snouted game fish commonly caught off the coast, the pompano (Trachinotus carolinus). Pompano is also home to the only preserved Indian burial mound in Broward County, which was recently put on the National Register of Historic Places. Ancestors of the Tequesta Indians, as far back as 500 A.D., are buried here. Pompano Beach and the East Community Redevelopment Agency had been unsuccessful in the revitalization of their beachfront. The city had not effectively capitalized on their most significant natural resource—the beach. With new leadership for the city and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and with the assistance of EDSA, Inc., the landscape architect, they jointly created and executed a new vision for a three-quarter of a mile beachfront corridor. The purpose of the project was to stimulate activity along the beach, and craft a vibrant and uniquely branded oceanfront promenade. Public Cooperation As one of the most strategic initiatives in Pompano, the project included the public and a variety of stakeholders and consensus building meetings for those with a vested interest in the revitalization of the area. The project was intended to supplement the existing federal "beach nourishment" (sand replacement) program, a key component of current upland beach redevelopment plans proposed by the city. Maintaining a wide beach reduces storm damage to coastal structures. Without the support of the CRA Board and city commission, this project may not have happened, or some elements may not have been incorporated. The East CRA advisory committee played an intricate Below & Right The terminus of Atlantic Boulevard was a blighted parking lot on the beach. This same spot is now a gateway lawn and plaza. The design intent for the beachfront promenade was a monolithic surface. It is white porcelain cement with a variety of aggregate finishes—shells in some places, and circles of glass elsewhere. With water and power infrastructure included as amenities, the lawn was configured for everyday use and special events. Wild date palms (Phoenix sylvestris) are in the foreground, with a groundcover of 'Beach' Verbena maritima, a native to the coastline and a good dune stabilizer. Before

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