Meanwhile, in Florida, a man was so fed up with gapping potholes in his neighborhood’s roads that were going unfixed planted a tree in one to warn motorists away and also to get the attention of municipal authorities.
Bryan Raymond said he planted the banana tree in a particularly stubborn pothole along a private drive in south Fort Myers because he was tired of filling the hole himself with cement multiple times.
County officials said it’s up to the business owners to maintain the street because it’s a private drive.
Raymond said the banana tree is an attention-grabbing repair that makes sure “nobody gets hurt.” But some say they’re surprised to see a tree planted in a road.
“If we have to maintain it and make sure nobody gets hurt, we are going to put something obvious there to make sure nobody gets in the hole,” Raymond told television station WBBH.
For some time, Raymond’s security cameras have captured problems along the street, including a pothole damaging cars and floodwaters causing his trash bin to float away.
Some who work along the road say anything is better than potholes.
“I love it, I think it’s hilarious. We should have more of these,” said Scott Shein, who works at a nearby business, told WBBH. “I think it is sending a message.”
He’s seen so many cars hit a pothole on the street and “bottom out” that it’s a real concern. Charlie Lopez, who lives in nearby Cape Coral, agrees.
“It messes up your tire, messes up the rim and then it basically messes up your day,” he said.
For some, though, the sight of a tree brings disbelief.
“I pulled up, and I’m like, is that really a tree in the middle of the road?” said John Hulker, who lives in Fort Myers, speaking with WINK-TV.