Airport Rd. “TREES FOR HEROES” Median Planting. 49 Sand Live Oaks were donated and planted along the entire length of Airport Rd. in Destin, Oct. 17-19, 2018. Eleven of the trees were dedicated in honor of the 11 servicemen who tragically perished in the Black Hawk Helicopter crash in 2015. The trees will provide shade, beauty and a living memorial to our Heroes.
Trees for Fallen Heroes Dedication Ceremony
A dedication ceremony was held at the Destin Executive Airport, Oct. 20, 2018, to honor 11 servicemen who tragically perished in the Black Hawk helicopter crash of 2015. Eleven of the 49 newly planted Sand Live Oaks were dedicated in honor of the servicemen. Many family members of the servicemen were present. State Representative Mel Ponder, Retired General Jeff Riemer, City Councilman Skip Overdier and Executive Director Allen French delivered addresses. City Councilman Cyron Marler sang the National Anthem and Pastor David Butler of Faith Assembly Christian Church led the Prayer. The Emerald Coast Pipers (Bagpipe music), the Niceville High School Jr. ROTC (presentation of Colors), the Destin Fire Control District (2 fire trucks with a giant American flag draped from the ladders) and the Destin War Birds (honorary fly over) all participated. Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican provided a cookout lunch after the ceremony. The ceremony was both beautiful and emotional.
Trees on the Coast was excited to partner with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for our very first project along the Emerald Coast or Florida. A tree planting took place April 2nd, 2015 to provide a beautiful backdrop to the new sculpture at the entrance to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, FL. Five large Mary Nell Hollies were planted. In attendance were representatives from the City, the Chamber of Commerce, Profitt PR, The Destin Log Newspaper and Board members of both Trees Destin and The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. By partnering with Valley Crest Landscape Maintenance and the generosity of our initial Donors, Trees on the Coast was able to have its first signature project within 3 months of our founding. We are very proud of this project and hope it will dovetail into countless future projects that will be “Enhancing the beauty of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, one tree at a time!”
“Plant a Tree to Honor a Loved One” Program
Trees on the Coast is continuing our “Plant a tree to Honor a Loved One” project on Holiday Isle in Destin. To date, 105 trees have been donated and planted. 68 Date Palms (pictured) and 37 Sable Palms now line Gulf Shore Drive. As we like to say, “Cost to the taxpayers, $0.00, enhanced beauty, priceless.” We are continuing to accept donations for this worthy project.
Main Street Median planting – June 2015
Trees on the Coast is very proud to have completed another signature project in June 2015 by partnering with the City of Destin. One large Sylvester Date Palm and 16 Sabal Palms were planted in the median on Main St. from Hwy. 98 to Airport Rd. Trees on the Coast would like to thank the Mayor and City Council for becoming our partners in this worthy project. Main St. has received a tremendous upgrade that all citizens can be proud of and the beauty of Destin has been enhanced!
Destin Middle School Educational Program & Tree Planting – November 19, 2015
Pryor Middle School Educational Program & Tree Planting – December 5, 2016
Over 100 advanced science students at Destin Middle School attended and participated in an educational program and tree planting. A half hour educational program outlining the importance of trees was presented followed by the planting of an Elm tree. The students were invaluable as they scored the root ball and assisted in shoveling dirt onto the tree. This program was repeated on December 5, 2016 at Pryor Middle School where an American Holly was donated and planted with the students.
Food for Thought Partnership – April 5, 2016 and March 16, 2017
Trees on the Coast was excited to partner with an awesome charity, Food for Thought and on April 5, 2016, we donated and planted 2 Citrus trees at their new facility in Destin. We then planted a Citrus tree at the Food for Thought facility in Santa Rosa Beach, March 16, 2017. We are excited to report, the trees are bearing fruit!!
Plant a tree to Honor a Loved Dog” is another ongoing program. We have partnered with the Destin Dog Park to help beautify and provide shade at the park for our loved canines. On July 31, 2016, three Live Oak trees, through generous donations, were planted at the park. We are continuing to accept donations for this worthy project and are happy to report that a 4th Live Oak has been donated and planted!
Habitat for Humanity Partnership – August 25, 2016, May 19, 2017, June 2, 2017
Trees on the Coast is excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity Okaloosa County and Habitat for Humanity Walton County. We are donating and planting a tree at each new home dedication. We donated and planted a Lil Gem Magnolia tree at the newest “Habitat” home in Crestview, FL. We have since planted 5 more Crepe Myrtle trees at 5 new “Habitat” homes in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. Previous “Habitat” homes have not received a tree as part of their Landscape package. We are so proud to have given the first tree for a “Habitat” home on the Emerald Coast and we are continuing this partnership by donating and planting a tree at each new home that Habitat for Humanity builds!
Mathew Blvd. Street-Scape upgrade – March 2017
In partnership with The Henderson Beach Resort, Mathew Blvd. received a wonderful upgrade with the planting of Live Oak trees, palm trees, grasses and other landscape plantings.
OHANA INSTITUTE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AND TREE PLANTING, April 28, 2018
The Ohana Institute students, faculty and parents participated in an Educational Program followed by tree plantings at the Historic Gulf Cemetery on Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, Walton Co. 4 Live Oaks were planted by the students and Board of Trees on the Coast. The students were enthusiastic and as usual, loved “playing in the dirt!”
SPAMMA PAJAMMA FUNDRAISER! May 6,2017, May 5, 2018
Our 2nd annual fundraiser was extremely successful as we hosted SPAMMA PAJAMMA. This pajama party was designed to help ward off hurricanes and benefit Trees on the Coast. A Spam sculpting contest, best pajama outfit contest, toilet paper races and silent auction all combined for a fun evening at LuLu’s on the Bay. Proceeds will be utilized to plant more trees!
Best Landscaping Award – Commercial Division
Trees on the Coast has partnered with the Destin Chamber of Commerce to present the Best Landscaping Award to local businesses. The following businesses have been awarded this quarterly honor: Destin Commons, Grand Boulevard, Costa Family McDonald’s, Harborwalk Village, The Henderson Beach Resort and Hog’s Breath Saloon, Destin. These businesses take pride in their landscaping and street presence with well manicured trees, flowers and shrubs. Our hope is to encourage other businesses to improve their street front landscaping in order to win this award and help beautify our Coastal Community.
Airport Rd. Median planting