Last Friday, a palm tree mysteriously appeared at Compo Beach.
Magically, it seemed, the spit of land at the far end of South Beach — jutting into Ned Dimes Marina — looked less like Westport, and more like Miami.
Yesterday’s story generated plenty of comments. It must have been a prank by graduating Staples seniors, someone said. There were a few palm trees for sale at Southport Nursery opposite Garelick and Herbs, another added.
Here’s what happened.
Bernard Izzo Jr. — “Butchie” — of Izzo’s Landscaping has a contract with the town to plant trees around Westport.
In the early spring he planted a tree at that location. Unfortunately, it did not survive.
Butchie felt that replanting the same tree now would not work. It might not survive the heat.
He decided to plant — at his own expense — the palm tree for the summer. This fall, he’d replace it with an appropriate tree.
However, the lighthearted gesture did not have Parks and Recreation Department approval.
So if you haven’t seen it, you better hurry. It will be gone soon.