Saving one tree at a time
From her own mouth, "I would rather pay a fine and just cut down the trees." But the good news is that her partner, the main guy, has put a stop to this. He told her that from now on, they will abide by all laws (admitting that they have not done so in the past) and that they will follow all permit and legal issues when building their white, square box properties.
No more killing trees and paying fines later (you know, do it first, apologize later), and no more building illegally with multi dwellings on one site and building up too high. Maybe he is concerned about getting bad press and wants to be a good neighbor? They are building around trees now, accommodating the trees, not the structure they are building.
The older lady is the front for the operation, because, "no one will argue with a little old lady." But this little old lady is a shark. And she has finagled her way around planning and zoning for years. Glad to see her partner has reined her in. The first step to being a good Grove neighbor.
Speaking of our trees - there's a great Letter to the Editor in the Herald here: Coconut Grove's Trees.
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