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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Brickell tree removal halted for now

While we were ignored when we tried to save the Coconut Grove trees, it appears that the neighbors on Brickell got through to the City. The neighbors have been protesting the removal of large trees on Brickell, which has been going on for weeks. They claim the city also does not have proper permits. 45 trees were removed earlier in the month for various reasons from "being sick" to "overcrowding."

The project has been stopped and the City Manager, Commissioner Sarnoff and other city officials will decide ow to proceed. From a letter sent out from the Commissioner's office: "The project will not go forward as originally planned until we’ve had a chance to get more input from constituents as well as experts. And [Sarnoff] is also considering holding a community meeting in order to hear from more constituents."

As for the Grove trees and streetscape project; it is at a standstill for various reasons, like the County does not want to get involved in its part right now and the Florida Avenue work was not done to par.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Sledge said...

Trees do get sick, old or become dangerous. A city with people is not a forest, where you just let trees fall down.

Additionally, some trees planted years back are detrimental, non-indigenous, like the infamous Australian Pines or the Seaside Mahoes.

All you do is replace those trees and plants with safer, beneficial ones. As they did on Kennedy park,and 27th ave. Remember all the crying and yelling about the 27th ave. tree removal? Look at it now, with great new trees. Of course they need time to grow, and build a larger canopy.

What if one of those trees fell on someone's head or car?

I often criticize the City, but sometimes we go overboard. Look at how well maintained and groomed the trees are everywhere in the Grove. They keep trimming them, making them look great.

Look at the parks, Kennedy and Peacock, how well maintained. It takes a lot of effort and budget to do that.

And the people who decide what trees have to be replaced are professional arborists, mind you. They know exactly why or if a tree must be replaced.

CI

September 19, 2013 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical the Grove trees get destroyed the work was not done to par and now halted leaving the Grove looking like a shit hole. Amazing how the Grove always gets screwed over!

September 19, 2013 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new brick installation on Florida Avenue is awful

September 19, 2013 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlos,

Your opinion is just that, and worse, it is the typical - don't care attitude. As you can find on nearly every issue, expert opinions differ. I could find 10 well-credentialed professionals to disagree with the city's position here, and I'm sure with the hefty bucks up for grabs, the company seeking this contract can find 10 to support their "need" to chop these trees down.

What upsets me most about your post is that you have no horse in the race, so you don't care. Sure a grove issue you will advocate and speculate wildly, but when it comes to brickell, it appears you just don't care about our quality of life. In short, shut up and go back to bitching about your lack of view, while I stare out over the bay from brickell.

D.L. Manning

September 19, 2013 1:46 PM  
Blogger Sledge said...

D.L..

You have no idea who you're talking to. I have been a Grove activist and advocate for parks ( and many other issues) for over 8 years living right here. I've been at City Hall and spoken to the people in charge about many issues, including trees.

You just don't get that some trees, non-indigenous and highly detrimental to others need to be removed, and replaced, as they did on 27ave and Kennedy park.

Get a grip on yourself, and learn something.

Lack of view? Dude I live on the top floor of a building with a full view of the Bay, right next to the Fresh Market. But why did I waste 5 minutes on your dumb crap..
CI

September 20, 2013 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reality is that temperatures in Miami will remain over 90 degrees Fahrenheit for a few more weeks. This plan would have removed too much canopy from Brickell Ave without ready replacement. Also, the scope was too large. It would have been better to space out cutting trees down over a long period of time. WTF was that rush to cut so much so fast about.

This is just another example of disconnect and uncaring treatment. Sarnoff has to go!

September 20, 2013 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A recall ballot this election would work

September 20, 2013 6:56 PM  

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