Don't destroy the tropical vegetation in our Florida apartment complex
  • Petitioned David J. Neithercut

This petition was delivered to:

President, Equity Residential
David J. Neithercut
Media Relations, Equity Residential
Mr/Ms McKenna

Don't destroy the tropical vegetation in our Florida apartment complex

    1. Susan Grodsky
    2. Petition by

      Susan Grodsky

      Deerfield Beach, FL

The Preserve, a resort-style apartment complex in south Florida, is a comfortable community for nearly 600 residents. One attractive aspect is the landscaping, which uses many Florida native plants to provide privacy, filter road noise, enhance the atmosphere, and delight the eye.
Now, however, the Chicago-based management has decided that this landscaping must be replaced with non-native Bermuda grass. Bulldozers are uprooting healthy, well-established native plants as you read this. Diverse mini-ecologies that support ferns, palm trees, birds, lizards, and small mammals are being destroyed.
It makes no sense to replace low maintenance native landscaping with high maintenance grass. Native plants thrive with no care. Grass requires irrigation, fertilizer, and mowing. Residents will pay the cost of these services as higher rents, even as their quality of life declines.
Mr. Neithercut, we ask that you:
Stop the destruction of existing vegetation at the Preserve immediately.
Employ a South Florida-based landscape architect to develop a cost-saving, low maintenance landscape design that maximizes use of native plants and minimizes non-native Bermuda grass.
Implement that plan as quickly as possible.
Encourage the use of native landscaping in all Equity properties.
Native landscaping makes fiscal sense because it costs less to maintain. It makes marketing sense because residents want to see healthy greenery around their homes and don't like the dust, dirt, and noise that comes with lawn maintenance. It makes planetary sense because native plants thrive without wasteful irrigation and invasive chemicals.
It's a win for everyone. Mr. Neithercut, please do the right thing.

David J. Neithercut, President, Equity Residential
Mr/Ms McKenna, Media Relations, Equity Residential
Don't destroy the tropical vegetation in our Florida apartment complex

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
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      Susan Grodsky
      Petition Organizer

      I have a message from someone at Equity Residential to discuss my concerns. Will talk to this person on Monday.

    3. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Victor Pezzotti SUNRISE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Keep the native plants, stop destroying Nature. Let the greenness stay!

    • Jocelyn Slater FALMOUTH, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Anytime any non-native species is introduced into an area, it throws the native species already established out of whack. Please don't mess with Florida's natural beauty any more than it already is.

    • Rachel Martin LEXINGTON PARK, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Not only do I support all the reasons mentioned by Ms. Grodsky, but I also think it makes no sense to live in Florida but be surrounded by non-native plants. One of the appeals that Florida has is the variety and beauty of its native flora, and when living there I would expect to see it outside my window everyday. Replacing it with nondescript and labor intensive grass is detrimental to the value of the community. Thank you.

    • Susan Grodsky DEERFIELD BEACH, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I live at the Preserve and don't want to pay a higher rent for a lower quality of life.


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