2:00 PM update posted below.
Note that the purpose of this alert is due to the fact that teams will be approaching homes and looking into yards (with homeowner notification)
Dear Fellow Palmetto Bay resident,
I received notification late yesterday that Florida Department of Agriculture will be inspecting trees in the Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Coral Gables communities for a new insect pest. Our Palmetto Bay Police advise us that these area inspections will begin today, Tuesday, May 22 and are scheduled to run through Thursday May 24th.
These are official survey crews led by the Florida Department of Agriculture who will knock at your door and identify themselves to you should these teams need to inspect any trees on your property.
I do not have full details of the pest survey, but I was advised separately and unofficially that it is a pest that affects palm trees.
Please contact our Village Police if you see anything suspicious. Our police will check in and assist. The non emergency number is 305-476-5423 (305-4-Police)
Let's continue to work together through positive efforts and dialogue.
CLICK HERE to view the short civic alert posted on the official Palmetto Bay web site.
CLICK HERE to view the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Inspection page - note - general information only, not specific to this survey.
UPDATES ON THE PEST INSPECTION
2:00 PM Update: Pest Identified: Phantasma Scale Pest Alert.
Thank you to Palmetto Bay Tree Board Member Don Pybas for tracking this down - info: