To improve the aesthetic look of Wilton Drive, once the Florida Department of Transportation reduces the number of lanes from four to two, Wilton Manors has hired Metro Consulting Group.

Under the contract, the first phase of which will be funded with $20,000 from the city’s budget, Metro will create a landscape and streetscape plan for Wilton Drive. The purpose is to decide what types of shade trees will be planted along the street and where they will be planted. “The pretty side of it,” said City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson.

At a later date, Henderson said the city would look to other sources of revenue, including the county’s tree program and the Business Improvement District, a special taxing district which was established to generate addition funding for Wilton Drive by levying additional taxes on Wilton Drive property owners.

“The Metropolitan Planning Organization [MPO] is funding the roadway construction and the

basic widened sidewalks. The city will be responsible for all costs related to design and

implementation of "amenities," including color and theme, landscaping, trees, and street

furniture. Importantly, the city will also be responsible for the maintenance of these items,” wrote Assistant City Manager Pamela Landi.