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Friday, July 20, 2012

HEP Board declines TreeWatch appeal

By a vote of 5-0, the HEP (Historical and Environmental Preservation) Board voted to decline the TreeWatch appeal in regards to the trees slated for replacement on Commodore Plaza as part of the BID's streetscape plan. Apparently they aren't for preserving trees.

Folks spoke on both sides of the issue. Liliana Dones, head of TreeWatch asked, "If the trees are so dangerous and in danger of falling on people, why are people sitting under them at street cafes daily?"

Ironically, former BID director, David Collins walked in with a huge bandage on his forehead. He fell on the broken bricks yesterday near Greenstreets. He has a concussion. This is not the first time that David has fallen on loose bricks. Which of course was an interesting point brought up by Liliana, the bricks are the problem, not the tree roots. Many areas of the village have bricks missing in the sidewalks, that are not even near trees.

But after two hours of discussion on both sides, it appears that the trees slated for replacement will be replaced.

"You're talking about the personality of the Grove," stated Santiago Villegas, of TreeWatch, talking about the large shade trees.

It all remains to be seen now what happens. Will the Grove survive without a large tree canopy? Will the new replacement trees be better and grow fast enough to give us a tree canopy like we have now?


While more than one person on the BID's side said that the roots were not the problem with the broken sidewalks, it left many to wonder why the trees are then being replaced. 


The HEP Board today, who voted to deny the appeal were Hugh Ryan, Robert Grabosky, Gary Hecht, William Hopper and Jorge Kuperman.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So which contractor would be responsible for installing the Silva cells? I bet they have a connection to a local politician. That's how things roll here in the city of Miami!

July 20, 2012 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiots

July 20, 2012 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dave Collins keeps falling like that he may crush someone, maybe even his boss Sarnoff. Is there a Silva thingy for that?

July 20, 2012 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Which of course was an interesting point brought up by Liliana, the bricks are the problem, not the tree roots."

Well the tree roots are pushing up the bricks, so you can't level the bricks until you do something about the roots.

Also, the comment above is an ad hominem attack, which is probably inappropriate. Let's keep obnoxious personal comments ourselves on these boards.

July 21, 2012 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re the comment above, you are right, no body should be subject to being associated with Sarnoff.

July 22, 2012 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on them. This is one more toll in the death knell of what the grove used to be.

July 23, 2012 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An ad hominem attack? That comment was funny. Please get a sense of humor or is that going to be "replaced" too?

July 23, 2012 10:58 PM  

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