Beautification Projects at the NAS Fort Lauderdale Museum
Suggested Improvements to be completed by Memorial Day, May 2018.
NORTH SIDE OF BUILDING Project #1
Museum volunteers will be removing a metal link fence on the north side of the building, which is about 59 feet long, to be replaced with wooden posts linked together with a nautical looking rope. This project would also include purchasing the items and then installing them.
In addition to the installation of a new fence, pruning is needed for the existing shrubs all along the north side of the building as can be seen on 1st photo. These plants need to be pruned back at least a foot from the building and all dead fronds/leaves need to be removed. There is a plant that is growing out from the fronds on one of the palm trees that needs to be removed. There are also other weeds along the ground that need to be pulled out.
FRONT OF BUILDING BEAUTIFICATION Project #2
To the left of the museum’s front door entrance, there are several electrical boxes/meters on the building (as seen on 2nd photo), and it is suggested to use two White Vinyl Traditional Lattice pieces that are being stored under the building to attach it vertically to 4’x4’ lumber. These lattice pieces are 4’x8’. Installed this way, the lattice would be used as a trellis for butterfly host plants that are vines. This would be erected about 6 feet from the building and adjacent to the porch’s railing allowing easy access to the electrical boxes/meters from the left side of the trellis.
ADDITIONAL WORK Project #3
There are numerous Wandering-Jew plants (as seen on 3rd photo), which are invasive, and other weeds that need to be removed from the front and also under the building. All of the plants along the front of the building need to be pruned to remove dead matter and to be cut back so they do not touch the building.
After all of the above work has been completed, butterfly garden plants will be added to beautify the area and labor assistance will be needed for that installation in addition to funding to procure the materials. This area is approximately 70’ x 20 feet and includes a flag pole and its surrounding concrete base and military equipment. Also, in the future, four dedication monuments for the museum’s founders: Allan McElhiney USN WWII, Chief Stephen Sedilo Coast Guard, Ben Langley USN Seabees, and Col. Rawls, US Army, will be installed in the front of the building (as seen on photos with orange cones).