The South Florida Water Management District had been planning to uproot dozens of oak and gumbo limbo trees that sit along a canal between Nob Hill Road and SW 101st Avenue along the C-11 canal of Linear Park trail in Davie.
But, after Davie residents, and Mayor Judy Paul, asked the district to reconsider its plan and come up with another solution, they have now postponed the tree removal until after hurricane season.
This means that the trees slated to be removed, can now by safely relocated.
However, the remaining trees along the canal will be removed starting Monday.
The district says tree removal is necessary, because limbs and debris from the trees can fall into the canal, which could block the flow of water and cause flooding.
There had been a sense of urgency in getting them removed since we're in the middle of hurricane season. But they see their decision as a sort of compromise.
One that Mayor Paul isn't too pleased with.
"We're replacing green trees with rocks," she said.
But it'll have to do.
Since the district is independently governed, it doesn't need a city permit to go ahead and remove the trees. But it has chosen to wait so that at least some of them can be salvaged and moved elsewhere.
The Town of Davie had said it was willing to foot half the bill to relocate the trees, and had asked the district to postpone the tree removal so it can have time to get the relocation done.
That time has been granted.
The town marked off specific trees targeted for relocation with blue tape.
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