Last June, Westporters thrilled to the sudden appearance of a palm tree at — of all places — Compo Beach.
It was all a big — and very cool — mystery.
The next day, “06880” uncovered the story. Butch Izzo — whose Izzo’s Landscaping has a contract to plant trees around Westport — donated the palm. It replaced a different species that had died on South Beach, between the kayak launch and Ned Dimes Marina.
Parks and Recreation was not amused. But the public was. Quickly, Parks and Rec embraced — metaphorically, anyway — the unusual tree. It remained there, loved and admired and frequently photographed, until it was removed for the winter.
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.
One view of the palm tree … (Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)
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.
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