FDOT Palm Trees Welcome Drivers To Florida And Century

January 29, 2016

A Florida Department of Transportation Gateway Beautification project is underway in Century on Highway 29 at the Alabama/Florida state line. The project includes numerous palm trees and other plants. We’ll show you the final results when the project is complete. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


19 Responses to “FDOT Palm Trees Welcome Drivers To Florida And Century”

  1. Stuart Palm on February 15th, 2016 8:41 am

    This will look really good when completed.

  2. Jon on February 2nd, 2016 7:29 am

    Henry Coe,

    Palms are definitely native to NWFL. Take a trip to the unmolested parts of NWFL like St. Vincent Island and areas around there to see beaches and woods full of palm trees.

    The fact that palm trees are not native is a big myth that seems to make its rounds around discussions. But it’s simply not true.

  3. CW on January 31st, 2016 5:21 pm

    @Henry Coe

    Cabbage Palms certainly are native to the panhandle, as well as coastal Alabama. You are getting them confused with non-native Mexican Fan palms or Queen palms, those are the ones damaged by the cold.

  4. Henry Coe on January 31st, 2016 3:03 pm

    Palm trees are not indigenous to NW Florida. They don’t belong here. At some point when we get a cold snap and they freeze and die, please don’t spend money replacing them with more Palm trees that will also freeze and die.
    Planting Short or Medium Needle Pines would be a better idea.

  5. JustMe on January 31st, 2016 5:46 am

    Moneyman. I think that is only the case if all the poles were the same height. From the looks of the picture it appears the American flag pole is higher than the others.

  6. Citizen on January 30th, 2016 1:52 pm

    It makes me feel a renewed sense of pride for the area and entrance into Florida to see things improving. But yes check your speed. I’ve seen ESCO pull someone over blue lights on the 15 MPH curve.

  7. Moneyman on January 30th, 2016 1:23 pm

    Isn’t the U.S. flag supposed to be flown on the left side instead of the center? I know it looks better in the middle but I don’t think that is correct.

  8. Cammie Donaldson on January 30th, 2016 1:22 pm

    Love those Sabals! Best palms ever. Love all transportation landscapes featuring our awesome native plants.

  9. Melissa on January 30th, 2016 10:05 am

    I love the palm trees in gardens of natives at our borders, it helps to tie the state together, the whole of Florida is technically coastal. I think it’s a wonderful idea to welcome people to our state with palm trees. I live in the country near Century, don’t want any in my yard it just doesn’t seem to fit. But, I have a business in AL and cross into Century almost daily and the new entry is a nice welcome home! Some people seem to be slowing down a bit just to see.

  10. Sam on January 30th, 2016 5:21 am

    I see people stop all the time to take pictures at the sign. The saw blade leaves a lot to be desired.

  11. Just saying on January 29th, 2016 11:01 pm

    Looks good

    Crepe myrtles and azaleas are native to china.

  12. Gene on January 29th, 2016 6:15 pm

    Trish, Beauty is in the Eyes of the beholder… I Love the representation of the State Tree in the Gateway to Florida. And they are Beautiful.

  13. bama54 on January 29th, 2016 3:22 pm

    They have them on hwy 90 near the entrance to the “New Boat Landing” in Beulah. Now if they could keep the grass cut and paper picked up since this is one of the Gateways into Florida and Escambia!!

  14. Retired on January 29th, 2016 1:57 pm

    I love it! The native species should do well and the magnolias are regal. The design and plant choices should thrive year round. Welcome to Florida and Century!

  15. Expensive Ticket on January 29th, 2016 1:45 pm

    Note the 15 MPH sign in the photo. I’ve had some close calls around that curve. I think the landscape is a great improvement for the area.

  16. carol on January 29th, 2016 1:27 pm

    The reason for the palms is because the cabbage palm is the state tree. so it makes sense don’t you think?

  17. Trish on January 29th, 2016 11:25 am

    I am sorry, I think the palm trees are ridiculous and a waste of money. Maybe if we were a beach area but we are not, keep them in south Florida for the tourist. Put something pretty, Crape Myrtles or azaleas.

  18. chris on January 29th, 2016 10:05 am

    Absolutely. Maybe cars will actually stop in Century instead of floorboarding it.

  19. Carl on January 29th, 2016 5:44 am

    Looks good. All they need to do now is open the visitor center back up in Century.

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