(Monday, April 24, 2017) – In an effort to expand Miami Dade County‘s tree canopy by leveraging local resources, Neat Streets Miami awarded the City of Sunny Isles Beach a Street Tree Matching grant for its Central Island Tree Planting Project during the Biennial LEAF Summit which was held on March 23, 2017. In its second year, Neat Streets Miami’s street tree program awarded matching grants to 13 organizations to help advance the Million Trees Miami initiative, a community-wide effort to plant one million trees and achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover by 2020.
Awardees were announced by Neat Streets Miami Chairman, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9, at the Biennial LEAF Summit, South Florida’s premier exchange on trees. Approximately 200 community leaders participated in the 2017 LEAF Summit to learn and apply best practices for getting more trees planted in Miami-Dade.
“With the Street Tree Matching Grant program, the County is leveraging funds to get more ‘green’ on the streets,” said Commissioner Moss. “By matching resources for trees, we are creating more shade, beautifying corridors and gateways and encouraging more activity in communities throughout the County.”
“I want to sincerely thank Neat Streets Miami, the Board, and Chairman Moss for this award and for their encouragement to increase the City’s tree canopy. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to continuing to work together to beautify and green our community through planting trees,” said Sunny Isles Beach City Manager, Christopher Russo.
This year, Neat Streets Miami gave priority to applicants in neighborhoods with a low tree canopy and underserved populations, in an attempt to achieve at least a twenty percent tree canopy coverage (Miami-Dade County’s average) in all neighborhoods.
As part of this project, the City of Sunny Isles Beach will plant approximately 60 canopy trees to provide shade and beautify the community. The trees will be planted along the sidewalks at the following locations: from North Bay Road from 174th Street to 178th Street, 178th Drive from North Bay Road to 178th Street, Church Street to Atlantic Boulevard; Atlantic Boulevard from 178th Street to 175th Terrace; and 175th Terrace from Atlantic Boulevard to Collins Avenue, for a total distance of 2.3 miles.
About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami
Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami Dade County. Housed in the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional county board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation corridors, gateways and connections. For more information and Neat Streets Miami visit: neatstreetsmiami.com