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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Help save their trees

Time to save some trees again. There are neighbors in the South Grove who are trying to preserve two beautiful ficus aurea trees on their property. 

There's a hearing before the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board on Tuesday, July 7 at 3 pm. The neighbors are hoping all the Grove tree huggers will come out to help them keep the trees before it's too late. The tree is on the property line between two neighbors as you can see, one wants it down and one wants to save it.

The tree is at the house at 3985 Loquat Avenue.

The hearing is at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need more info. Not by name or address, but for example Miami has a tree ordinance, which forbids downing these two trees. The ordinance forbids the downing of healthy trees, but does allow the downing if the trees represent an imminent danger to life or property. Simply stated these two neighbors couldn't obtain a permit to remove these two trees, period. Is one neighbor going to apply for a permit to remove these trees, and if so on what grounds/cause/reason?

June 25, 2015 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live close to this house and the construction of this huge modern monstrosity has been a never ending nightmare - they block the street every day all day with an endless supply of trucks and cars. Now they want to cut down one of the things that makes the grove so unique and lovely -- beautiful trees! Clearly these owners have no respect for the character of the grove. They buy lots, build huge modern box houses, and want to cut down all the trees around them. I hope people will go out and support the neighbors who are fighting to keep the tree.

June 26, 2015 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At some point in time someone will have to apply for a permit to remove these two trees. Several years ago I read the entire 11 pages of Miami's "Tree Ordinance" and a permit/request must be submitted to fell these 2 trees. (IF) a sufficient number of concerned citizens are committed to saving these two trees to the extent they are willing to file a legal complaint, I believe the fee would be about $420.00. Say if 10 people would be willing to donate $42.00 each towards this fee, I would file a legal complaint and the most capable spokesperson for all of us could argue the law before a judge. And since these trees are on the property line they could be trimmed properly and saved very easily so as not to make contact with the houses. Jobie Steppe

June 27, 2015 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is sort of a reverse from the usual tree appeals. It is our understanding that the owners of the property in which these strangler figs are located are the ones who have appealed to the Historic Preservation board to KEEP the trees, which the neighbors wants removed on the grounds that recent root-pruning in order to accommodate a new septic tank, could pose a potential problem in a windstorm. It is also our understanding that the owners of the property hired an arborist who maintains that these trees are healthy and pose no problem, and a number of documents were submitted supporting that in windstorms strangler figs tend to lose their leaves, and remain upright. (the fact that they lose their leaves so quickly in wind is one of the reasons why they remain upright, because the are less likely to be weighed down by the leaves.

It will be interesting to see what HP says at the July 7 hearing. --GROVE TREEWATCH

June 27, 2015 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In actuality, the people trying to save the trees were cited because they removed almost half of the root system and more than 25% of the canopy without a permit. If they had filed their tree permit with the site plan, they would not have been permitted to build such a huge house and massive septic system. The City consultant has declared the trees dangerous since they have no root system on one site and a massive canopy on the other. Get the facts, read the City's report before you attend. You would not let your children stay in the house next to these trees.

June 30, 2015 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comes to me as a complete surprise. One of these trees is in my properly line and we have not been notified about any of this. How is it possible?

We noticed the tree was partially cut and we did not understand how the city would have approved such aberration.

Since I did not know this meeting was happening, I completely missed, I would love to know what happened since this is affecting us directly.

Pablo Godel
4000 Kumquat Ave

July 11, 2015 11:14 AM  

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