Florida Man Fills Pothole With Banana Tree Instead of Cement To Protest Poor Road Condition

Fed up with a pesky pothole located in the middle of a street, a Florida man decided to make a statement about road conditions by filling the cement hole with a banana tree.

Bryan Raymond of Fort Myers, Florida, planted the banana tree on Thursday night after growing frustrated with constantly filling the pothole with cement. Raymond, who owns a business on the same street where the pothole was located, told WBBH-TV that his security cameras have watched the hole repeatedly cause damage to cars.

"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 told the news outlet.

Raymond said that since the roadway is located on a private street, business owners are responsible for its maintenance, rather than the county. And since the pothole was deep enough to fit the tree, Raymond told the news outlet that it seemed like the perfect statement.

A Florida man filled a pothole with a banana tree in order to make a statement about road conditions. Here, a stock image shows a pothole in the middle of a street after floodwaters weathered the cement. Ashley Cooper/Construction Photography/Getty Images

After the tree was planted, a number of local drivers showed support for the move and commended Raymond for having a sense of humor about the situation.

"I love it, I think it's hilarious. We should have more of these," Scott Shein told WBBH. "I think it is sending a message."

John Hulker, who lives in Fort Myers, said he was in disbelief when he first saw the tree. "I pulled up and I'm like, is that really a tree in the middle of the road," Hulker told WINK-TV.

Nicholas Angus told the news outlet that as soon as he saw the reformed pothole, "me and my wife started instantly laughing."

However, Angus added that while the tree might seem like a funny statement, it actually makes road conditions even worse since drivers now have to swerve more dramatically to avoid hitting the plant.

"The tree makes it harder to get around the next pothole that's right next to it. Because normally I just drive over the pothole but because there's a big tree, you can't drive through a tree," Angus told WINK.

Charlie Lopez similarly told the news outlet that while the tree was a statement, the local business owners would soon need to come up with a more sustainable solution.

"The message is there, but unfortunately it's going to be up to us to try to figure out a solution in the end," Lopez said.