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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Florida bill would nullify tree protections

From an article in the Daily Commercial, a newspapers which covers Lake and Sumpter counties near Orlando:

"Local regulations protecting trees on residential properties would be nullified for the three months preceding the start of hurricane season — allowing property owners to trim and remove trees without a permit — under legislation that advanced Monday in the Florida Senate."

In other words, it's a free for all  when it comes to tree removal. A dream come true for developers who feel they are being inhibited when it comes to construction.

The legislation (SB 1400) preempts local government tree ordinances between March 1 and June 1, which is recognized as the official start of hurricane season. But what if a hurricane comes in October, does the homeowner have the right to cut everything down before the storm approaches then? 

The idea is to prevent fallen trees which block traffic after a storm and also disrupt electricity. Such a less than smart and reckless idea.

How about a bill that forces FPL to bury the lines instead of destroying trees? That would be a big help.

Here is the whole article in the Daily Commercial.


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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republican Sen. Ben Albritton of Wauchula sponsored the bill who is in citrus business with his brother. How ironic?

April 10, 2019 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FB1400 refers t0 Vacation Rental Homes - Florida? I planted 6 trees in my yard about 30 years ago and the property came with 5 large mature oaks. During Andrew one oak went down in my neighbors yard. You can't see my home by a satellite due to the canopy. I.E., I like trees, the shade, the look, the birds, squirrels mangos, avocado, coconuts, cherry, I've got them all. But people and electrical services, their homes, cars and boats are equally if not more important. The article referenced in this blog begins by stating trees can be trimmed or removed without a permit, but like the preverbal small print, the article goes on to define all those trees that we love dearly cannot be touched, those "specimen, heritage or patriarch trees" that line our Grove streets. Jobie Steppe

April 10, 2019 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IRONIC anon 7:12? Dip Stick - A man who grows citrus trees is far more qualified than you to create a Rule regarding trees THINK! # 1., nothing changed by this proposed law, nothing related to a tree(s). Property owners are being put on alert to protect their neighbors, community & infrastructure (electrical) prior to hurricane season. Cut away rot and trim to let the wind through and if you don't you will pay for any damage YOUR PROPERTY causes.

April 10, 2019 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cabbage palm, Sabal palm, Palmetto Saw and bamboo are the most wind resistant plants. Sabal palm and Palmetto Saw have shown to reduce 100 MPH to 40 MPH if planted in the right configuration. Does the legislation consider natural windbreak and require replanting with protective planting to preserve canopy and prevent deforestation of urban forests?
http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/media/sfylifasufledu/miami-dade/documents/disaster-preparation/hurricane-and-disaster/Assessing-Damage-and-Restoring-Trees-After-a-Hurricane-Gilman.pdf

April 10, 2019 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That calls for new legislation to remove buildings too close to vegetation.

April 10, 2019 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! If they get wind of this in Miami and Coconut Grove be prepared for another disastrous event like the Mel Reese Golf Course takeover, Ultra, etc. Developers will take more advantage than they're already taking with removing trees and overdeveloping, all courtesy of our "esteemed" commissioners and mayor. What a joke this town is becoming.

April 10, 2019 5:36 PM  

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