In what some business owners are calling a hilarious act of rebellion, a Florida man has decided to place a very obvious banana tree in a pothole on the road. When people driving along the Fort Myers roadway saw it, they knew exactly why it was there. Though it is indeed silly to see a banana tree sticking out of a pothole – and most got a good laugh at its existence – its meaning stems from great frustration.
Those who frequent the roadway near US Highway 41, understand this frustration all too well, according to NBC-2 in Fort Myers. Honda Drive is littered with potholes. The pockmarks fill the entire stretch of pavement. This is not only not funny, but dangerous, the business owners say.
The owner of Progress and Pride Fitness Group, Bryan Raymond, admitted to planting the tree there overnight. His business sits along Honda and he often fills the holes with cement. Additionally, the county mandates that the business owners are responsible for the road’s upkeep.
“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 said.
Raymond says he sees a number of cars destroyed by the vicious holes and continually filling them with cement is akin to a bandaid on a larger problem. Flooded streets don’t help the issue as Raymond has seen his dumpster float away and cause more destruction in the road as well.
Florida Man Faces Off with Shark
While potentially deadly, potholes aren’t the only dangers to Floridians. Last October, a Florida man went head to head with a shark in South Beach.
While enjoying a swim, a shark began biting his leg. Running up the beach to the shore, witnesses saw the man with at least six bite marks in his leg as lifeguards raced toward him.
“He walked out of the water, bleeding, with at least six bite marks on him,” one witness said. “Suddenly, he came out of the water. He fell down.”
Paramedics were quick to aid the 31-year-old man and rake him to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital to address his wounds. While he survived the attack, he’s lucky.
Chasing after baitfish and mullet that begin to run in October, predators also follow. That’s most likely why the shark was near the swimmer. Authorities do, however, place flags around the beach warning visitors to be cautious about where they’re entering the water.
Shark attacks are not super common, however blacktip sharks do roam in waters less than 100 feet and swimmers need to be careful, officials said.