Thursday, July 14, 2016

Aerial view of Lake Worth's Golf Course, 1973, and what this has to do with Tree Board meeting tonight (7/14)

Tree Board meetings are open to the public. See below for time and place of meeting.
Aerial view (to the southeast) of City's golf course.
The view above includes the roads North Palmway, North Lakeside and Golfview Drives. The foreground would be the area between 16th Ave to 13th Ave North. Notice the 90° turn south at 13th Ave North.

Interesting to note the Australian pines along the western shore of the Lake Worth Lagoon. These pines are not indigenous and, unfortunately, grow very quickly in this climate and soil. When they get too tall they're either topped-off, removed, or a strong storm will take care of the problem for the property owner. Hopefully without damage to the home, cars, or sending someone to the hospital. Or worse.

In a hurricane when the Australian pine top shears off it's likened to a 'spear'. When too close to power/communication lines and roads (for emergency vehicles) you can understand the concern.

The needles that fall create a dead zone around the tree that is poisonous to birds and Gopher tortoises to name a few native species. Last January a condo-dweller on the outskirts of the City tried to 'save' her Australian pine from being removed (the City cited public safety concerns), and the issue went before the City's Tree Board. Read all about that using this link:
The Tree Board defended the City and their position on the Australian Pine. They also made recommendations going forward dealing with invasive trees that pose a danger to the public and environment.
Have any recommendations been made to the City to clarify this public safety issue for the community?

The Tree Board meeting is at 5:30 and meets in the conference room at City Hall (next to the City Commission chambers).