Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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68 Landscape Architect and Specifier News reestablish the primary dunes. In addition, construction of dune overwalks established ADA compliant access at gateway portals. The restored dunes are 3.5-ft. high and 30-ft. wide at the base to provide storm protection, plant and animal habitat, and shading from beachfront lighting, which helps hatchling sea turtles. The project had an overall reduction in paving surfaces and increase in native salt- tolerant landscape, including a focus on adding the overall amount of dune vegetation to help grow and maintain the primary dune. Community Impact and Legacy Today, Pompano Beach, with all its amenities, cohesive design palate and environmental restoration enhancements, has become a greater family destination for residents and tourists by improving the overall health of the community and offering a safe place for community activities. This project changed the dynamics of the Pompano Beach area. Before the project was conceptualized, during peak times, only the 60 available parking spaces at the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard were occupied. The parking lot across from the Fishing Pier was busy during high peak holidays, like the 4th of July, however, parking was normally available even on "ideal" beach days. Revenue collection was average and public activity rather limited to some Sundays. Since the project was officially completed, parking revenues and capacity demand have exploded. Now it's hard to find free parking spaces on the boulevard, even though 108 spaces were added. And there's little to no open spaces in the temporary parking facility known as parcel A, where 124 spaces were added, and little to Above Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher addressed the crowd on the great lawn at the 2013 grand opening of the new beach streetscape. (Continued on page 70)

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