Miami Will Remove Fake Grass From Brickell Following Protests

City officials in Miami have agreed to remove recently installed Astroturf from sidewalks in the Brickell neighborhood following a number of protests by residents.

Mayor Francis Suarez told protesters gathered along Brickell Avenue on Monday that the company that installed the AstroTurf, Easy Grass Miami, has agreed to remove the plastic turf at no cost to the city.

City officials plan meet with residents to discuss lingering concerns and to ensure that the areas are replanted with natural grass.

Neighbors said the artificial grass is harmful to trees and worried that the plastic strips would become unsanitary from pet waste. 

The Astroturf was part of larger beautification project in the neighborhood that cost more than $300,000. 

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