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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Village Council talks about post office tree cutting

Regarding the tree massacre at the post office -- last week the Village Council agreed to write a letter to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, asking her to step in as a liaison with the federal government in getting some sort of restitution for the lost trees.

They post office was fined $1000.00 per tree ($10,000). Some are concerned about the oak trees in the back of the post office. Are they next?

It was agreed upon that the tree cutting was probably just done out of stupidity on the post office's part and they weren't trying to be malicious. But if the post office officials would actually join the community and get their heads out of the sand, that would be a good first step.

They are this federal entity in the center of our village and they choose to be unfriendly and uncaring regarding all concerns.


One person brought up the fact that they should try to find the actual culprit -- the person who came up with the lame idea of destroying decades old trees and have him or her punished.

Others feel that more than just trees need to be replaced -- they want the whole post office cleaned up, inside and out.

One idea was to put a multi-level parking garage on the current parking location to make up for the loss and to help with parking issues in the Grove. I don't know if I am crazy about that idea, we don't need more development and once that starts, what is there to stop anyone from elaborating on that and making it larger and higher.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Harry Emilio Gottlieb said...

The Postal Service committed a crime against our community by thoughtlessly cutting down ten perfectly fine, 50-year old oak trees in the parking lot of “Our Neighborhood Post Office.”

I wonder if the Postal Service will pay this fine at all.

And if so, will it be paid in cash or in stamps.

Either way, Coconut Grove gets short changed.

October 06, 2007 11:42 AM  
Anonymous SWLiP said...

The parking lot is federal property, and the USPS has no obligation to pay the fine.

Consider this, folks, the next time you wonder why libertarians oppose federal environmental regulation. The federal government is the country's worst offender when it comes to the environment.

October 06, 2007 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another ridiculous idea, lets get that individual or individuals who made this decision, lets round them up, gather them in the center of the village, throw rocks at them, give them severe lashings for their crimes and then hang them. Their families would understand, I mean they did decide to cut trees and this is punishable by life in the Grove.

October 06, 2007 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"last week the Village Council agreed to write a letter to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen"

And they will receive, in return, a perfectly nicely-worded letter stating that the Congresswoman "shares their concern."

October 07, 2007 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A man was murdered about 6 or 8 months ago not far from the Post Office, but there seems to be more outrage about trees being killed on Federal property.

October 07, 2007 10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the $10,000 fine. That's a little like fining ourselves, for the US Post Office is but a branch of the federal government, which is, last I heard, we the stamp buying people.

October 08, 2007 5:16 PM  

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