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Monday, August 01, 2016

Regarding those trees at 3160 Shipping Avenue

The City of Miami responded regarding those trees:

In response to the inquiries regarding the trees at property 3160 Shipping Avenue, please be advised of the following measures taken prior to the tree permit approval:

The Tree Permit request was submitted to the City in January of 2016. There are a total of 31 trees on site. After numerous efforts, 19 are being preserved. Of the 12 trees approved for removal, they were prohibited species, hazardous/diseased trees, and four (4) Live Oaks in the center of the building footprint of this vacant lot. While our efforts to try and preserve the Live Oaks on site were not successful, we did reach out to the Carrolton School and they showed interest in preserving and relocating the Live Oaks to their site. 

In regards to the condition of the trees that were deemed hazardous, two (2) reports were prepared by Certified Arborist, Mr. Bob Brennan, and provided to the City as part of the tree permit application.  These reports, along with photographs, are on file for reference.  In addition, Environmental Resources staff conducted two (2) site visits with the owner, Certified Arborist and contractor to assess site conditions with efforts to minimalize as much tree canopy impacts as possible.  In doing so, we were able to preserve one (1) Live Oak (originally proposed for removal) and now is just being trimmed.  Furthermore, numerous meetings were held with the property owner regarding the project and potential impacts.

As required, prior to the approval of any tree permit, a 10-day public notice is to be posted onto the property and the HOA’s notified.  This Intended Decision notice was posted onto the property on 7/15/16 as well as emailed to all HOA’s in the area on 7/15/16.  Appeal period was from 7/16/16 to 7/25/16. This City received no appeals.

Quatisha Oguntoyinbo-Rashad, Chief
Environmental Resources │Planning & Zoning Department
ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What more can you ask for? Looks like they did all properly.

August 01, 2016 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the explanation!!

August 01, 2016 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are the excuses from all those who have made judgement before they knew the truth? This community is out of control; so is the Grapevine, being a blogger, one should do some research before nailing property owners, contractors and the city to the highest tree. I know history is not in favor of the aforementioned groups but we are too quick to draw conclusions and have an opinion, so sad.

August 02, 2016 10:37 AM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

The Grapevine stated that people were sending us the photos all day and that the home builders DID have a permit. We asked why the city keeps giving permits for this destruction and the answer has been posted.

If we don't keep a vigil, there will be no trees left.

August 02, 2016 10:42 AM  
Blogger Elliot Jefferson said...

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August 09, 2016 8:00 PM  
Blogger Elliot Jefferson said...

There's no permit. Just go check at the city. No permit yet. No work should be done.

August 11, 2016 8:48 PM  
Blogger Elliot Jefferson said...

Just yesterday they were getting ready to pour foundation with no foundation permit. As of yet I see no open case. Maybe someone in building will answer with the same BS that Quatisha wrote. These people have no permit yet. Period. Only permit they have is for the demolition which obviously was already done. I'm wondering why these people are getting away with this. Or is it an issue all over Coconut Grove? There's people that are elderly, have no money and live in poor neighborhoods and they get slapped with violations for removing a door or changing a cabinet. Yet no open case for pouring foundation???? I'll keep my eye on this one.

August 18, 2016 8:21 AM  

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