chitecture, wants the Town Council to consider a ban on planting ficus benjamina.
Town law requires chemical treatment for white fly infestation but “doing away with their primary host would be a very positive step forward,” Sanchez wrote.
When the town receives a white fly complaint, it requires proof that a chemical treatment has been applied within the prior three months, said Benjamin Alma, code enforcement manager.
“Ficus benjamina is known to be the strongest host of white fly, whose infestation has done great harm to our community,” Sanchez wrote in an Aug. 28 letter to Town Manager Kirk Blouin.
Sanchez’s idea has the support of Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay. She said she’ll request at today’s council meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in Town Hall, that the ban be studied by the council’s Ordinances, Rules & Standards Committee. The panel consists of Julie Araskog, the chairwoman, and Lew Crampton.
“I am asking that (the) council consider a regulation against the use of Ficus benjamina in new landscaping plans in Palm Beach because of its susceptibility to spiraling white fly infestation and the necessity to use toxic pesticides to control white fly,” Lindsay said.
Under Sanchez’s proposal, any Ficus benjamina would need to comply with existing rules or be removed. Whenever it is replanted or replaced, a different species would have to be used. The ban would not apply to any other subspecies of ficus.
Sanchez said he opposes blanket ordinances that limit an owners’ ability to create the garden they like. But “banning a plant that can infect other properties is obviously a different matter,” he said. “We should be conscious of what can spread harm and make it illegal.”
Two men fishing near the Royal Park Bridge were arrested Sunday for allegedly being in possession of undersized snook, according to a Palm Beach police report.
Audley Young, 20, and Carlton Montgomery McDonald Jr., 43, were approached by police at about 2:40 a.m. while they were standing in the 300 block of South Lake Drive, at the east end of the bridge, the report said.
Young was in possession of a snook that measured 26 inches and McDonald claimed one that was 22 inches. State law prohibits taking snook unless they are between 28 and 32 inches long, the report said.
The report notes that McDonald was carrying a measuring tape when police approached him.
Places of residence for Young and McDonald were omitted from the police report.
— JORGE MILIAN
A tiny whitefly lands on a ficus leaf on Brazilian Avenue on Tuesday. The plant is particularly susceptible to the pest.