The City of Destin will begin its annual tree trimming within the next two weeks. Public Services crews will begin trimming vegetation that is not in compliance with the city’s Code of Ordinances beginning in the eastern portion of town and work their way westward over the next two to three months.
The city requests property owners to perform the trimming themselves as is required by the Code of Ordinances. Clear pathways are essential for both vehicles and pedestrians. All pathways must allow easy and safe access as people travel through town. Larger vehicles such as school buses, ambulances, RV’s, fire trucks and delivery vehicles require higher clearances than passenger vehicles and must be able to travel the roadways without hitting vegetation. Sidewalks must also be clear to avoid injuries to pedestrians. General requirements are as follows:
Roadways must have a 15-foot high clearance and a minimum one and a half foot clearance to the sides of the roadways.
Sidewalks, recreational trails and multi-use paths must have a ten-foot high clearance and a one-foot clearance on both sides of the walkways.
Crews will also address “vision triangles” at intersections to allow proper sight lines for vehicles. These “vision triangle” requirements are determined by the type of road and the speeds allowed on the road.
Contact the city’s Public Services Department at 837-6869 for more information.