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Monday, July 27, 2015

Another day, another tree

This is at the Kwik Stop at 3135 Grand Avenue. It was cut down earlier this week. People had been asking why we didn't mention this tree but made a deal out of the trees at the Farinelli 1937 restaurant. It's because, they too, did this under the cover of night. The trees are inside the parking lot, right on the post office/Kiwk Stop lot line. We didn't notice until the other day.

They basically left firewood. When I asked them what happened, they said the City did it. That is doubtful.

This image taken from Google Maps shows the tree before it was taken down. The white arrow points to the exact tree.

Tree Watch and I were rooting around (no pun intended) and we came up with this recent photo on Google Maps. You can see the trees in question, a the corner of Commodore and Grand, were not just a quick overnight massacre job, the photo here shows hat racking, the wanton destruction of the trees over a period of time. It was well thought out. 

This image from the Bed Race a few years ago, shows the actual size of the trees that were killed. Tree Watch is all over this. The county is working with them and the actual tree cutter should lose his license if he even has a license.

That property is owned by Commodore Corner LLC, mangaged by the PointeGroup.

From the TreeWatch Facebook page:

During the week we heard from many of you about how upset you are regarding the recent illegal tree removals within the private property on the corner of Grand and Commodore.
We are upset too!
We let the office of Commissioner Sarnoff know, and we also let Code Enforcement, the Director of the Coconut Grove BID, the NET office for Coconut Grove and the representatives for the owners of the property know how upset we, and many who have contacted us, are about the illegal removal of the two trees.

Although these trees were on private property, they provided shade to the sidewalk on Grand Avenue, the street and the bus stop beneath the trees. The trees would have been afforded the opportunity of an appeal had a permit been requested for their removal.

Ron Nelson, Chief of staff for Commissioner Sarnoff indicated that Code Enforcement has fines in place, and that mitigation is also mandated as per the Tree Ordinance. We imagine this case will go before the Code Enforcement Board, where it will be heard, and fines and mitigation will be determined. We have asked to be informed as to the date of the hearing.

We request that as part of the mitigation for the removal of these two trees, that two trees be planted in the same spots of similar size and girth; and that they be planted in accordance to the Tree Ordinance and the City's guidelines for the planting of urban trees, so that their survival and welfare is of the same level of quality as those trees which were recently planted to replace the ones that were moved from Commodore Plaza during the Sidewalk Improvement project. We know that the sooner that there are two new, big trees restoring canopy in that spot, the better this will be in restoring goodwill within the community.

A new study found "that living on a street with 10 more trees than average (both on the street and in people's yards) makes you feel as healthy as if you were seven years younger—or as if you were making an extra $10,000 a year."

Welcome to the new Coconut Grove.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This probably isn't important, i.e., if the trees were on public or private property. The trees are within the 13' public right of way, from where the curb meets the roadway, heading North. For some reason the sidewalks narrow East of Commodore and then widen as the sidewalk moves about 80' Eastward. It would appear the trees were rooted on public domain, on the easement right of way.

July 27, 2015 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These trees were not on private property.

July 27, 2015 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tree at Quick Stop was dead and dry a long time ago

July 27, 2015 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, last Google photo of Farinelli's trees shows he actually removed three trees, the third tree removed is on the left of New Times green news stand and right of two windows, I bet you can still find the the stump there unless it was ground down to hide the evidence.

July 27, 2015 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In addition to being half dead, the quick stop tree was an Albizia lebbeck - an invasive weed tree

July 27, 2015 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all the tree killers in the Grove should be required to remove the stumps as well... If your goin to do the job, you gotta be complete and do it right!! (Jerks)

July 28, 2015 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trees removed were on private property. It is our understanding that neither the City nor the County had any part in the hatracking and subsequent removal of the trees. On closer inspection of the images presented, it has now been determined that In addition to the two bottle brush trees on Grand, a 3rd tree on the property that appears to have also been hatracked, on the Commodore side of the property. That tree stump was visible today.

Although the City may accept mitigation in the form of money payed directly to its the Tree Fund, or trees planted elsewhere, we are requesting that mitigation include the replacement of these 3 trees. with trees of similar size. -- GroveTreeWatch

July 28, 2015 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to bring back the pillory, and lock this guy up in the center of town for public abuse and shaming. I'd say 4 days would about do it.

I bet he'd think twice next time.

Just sayin'

July 28, 2015 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Allen Pertuz said...

Please tell me the drum circle won't be holding some ritual ceremony to commemorate the loss of this tree. They did that several years ago for another tree and it was, frankly, very bizarre.

July 28, 2015 9:53 PM  
Blogger Seth Sklarey said...

Can anyone explain why the oak and black olive trees which provided shade along Grand Avenue were replaced many years ago?

July 29, 2015 4:41 AM  
Blogger Seth Sklarey said...

Who will be the first to donate a tree to replace the one at the Kwik Stop?

July 29, 2015 4:43 AM  

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