Davie Trying to Save Dozens of Oak and Gumbo Trees From Being Removed

Another day, another tree-removal controversy in our neck of the woods.

This time around, it's the South Florida Water Management District that is 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.

The trees were slated to be removed Monday, but Davie Mayor Judy Paul asked the district to reconsider its plan and come up with another solution.

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The main problem, the district says, is that the trees that line the canal are dangerous because limbs and debris from the trees can fall into the water, which could block the flow of water and cause flooding.

There's also a sense of urgency since the district would like to solve the issue before a hurricane comes around.

And, since the district is independently governed, it doesn't need a city permit to go ahead and remove the trees.

However, it is willing to try to work out a relocation plan for some of the trees.

Davie is willing to foot half the bill to do that and has asked the district to postpone the tree removal so it can have time to get the relocation done.

For now, the town is using blue tape to mark off specific trees it's hoping to relocate or, at the very least, trim down for the time being.

The district agreed to revisit the issue on Wednesday.

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