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66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Top & Bottom Right Meandering walkways invite people to stroll the beach side without trodding in sand. The dilapidated structures were reskinned and reroofed to promote a public resort environment. A fine-bladed seashore Paspalum cultivar ('Platinum TE') was the choice for the passive green space along the dunes. Paspalum is known for its salt air tolerance. This "genetically- improved" paspalum was introduced in 2007 by Turf Ecosystems and Dr. Ron Duncan. The plant massings (left) are 'Dune' sunflower (Helianthus debilis). Bismarkii palms surround the green. Above, Left Coral stone planters are prominent throughout the site, here with 'Green Island' Ficus microcarpa. The decorative railings were custom designed by EDSA and fabricated by Burhardt Construction Inc. The bollards (Beacon) have amber LEDs, which like the pole lighting, is an environmental specification to not attract turtle hatchlings. The benches are the 'Trio' series with aluminum texture powder- coated frames and Ipé hardwood slats. shell aggregates. The location of the street palm trees and light fixtures were critical to the design of the promenade, as they were used to create the spacing for the score joints and paving patterns integrated into the concrete. Reconfiguring the Street & Sidewalks Previously, the beachfront consisted of a narrow sidewalk, with 12-ft. wide traffic lanes in both directions, and a parking lot at the terminus of Atlantic Boulevard. The landscape architect developed a streetscape program that expanded the narrow sidewalk into a 17-ft. promenade, and created a great lawn plaza with an interactive water feature. The roadway was reconfigured with angled parking and 10-ft. wide lanes that transformed the corridor into a pedestrian friendly environment with a focus on walking and strolling. With car speeds along the corridor dramatically reduced, the family atmosphere and social interaction has been greatly enhanced. Additionally, the landscape architect incorporated a 1.2-mile walking trail with markers and an outdoor fitness area. The fitness area is located next to a completely refurbished playground designed for small children. Beachfront Sustainability In many areas the dunes were nonexistent, and nonnative species had invaded the beachfront. This project restored and stabilized 2,800 linear feet of beach dunes along the existing, publicly-accessible, municipal beachfront. Enhanced dune plantings and native vegetation helped