Help Protect The Largest Tree Measured by Escambia County, Fl. Arborist

Help Protect The Largest Tree Measured by Escambia County, Fl. Arborist

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Michelle Tyler started this petition to District 3 County Commissioner Lumon May

The largest known Heritage Oak Tree in Escambia County has been approved to be cut town for the expansion of the A+ Storage facility on 6155 N Palafox Street despite MASSIVE Public Opposition. Sitting at the back of a .56 acre vacant lot recently purchased to build a 3 story mini storage building. The Owner, Engineer, & County Development Services, have been unwilling to demand a design that reflects plans to save it. The Heritage Oak is 85 inches in diameter (over 7 ft.) with a 22 ft. circumference. The county arborist affirms that it's the largest she has measured & recorded.

On Aug. 11th, 2021 there was a big turn out by the public at the Development Review Meeting showing strong opposition. Attorney William Dunaway was present, & spoke, to affirm that the removal went against LDC & would be a clear violation of law. The removal was granted anyway. The Development Review Committee went against Recommended Preservation in the Protected Tree Ordinances in LDC (Land Development Code), & that of the public, to approve the removal of this tree. This needs to be shared! This tree is defined PROTECTED in Escambia County Land Development Code & removal should be AGAINST THE LAW.

Local News Outlets, The Newspaper, Environmental Advocacy Groups, and the Local Preservation Association immediately began, and have continued sharing and reporting on the matter. There have been multiple videos on location with the local community showing up IN FULL FORCE to advocate for the preservation of this historic Giant.

In the County Public Forum on Thursday Aug. 19th, 2021 dozens showed to support the multiple community members who spoke in favor of finding grounds to save the tree. Strong debate was given in defense of strengthening LDC, Tree Preservation Standards, & the rights of the community to have say in Development Approvals within their districts. Several experts held position against the removal of this tree including Lumon May, County Commissioner for District 3 where the tree is located. Discussion & Debate among Commissioners on possible Variances that could be granted to save the tree prompted May's comment, " we look at alternative solutions in many instances for the betterment & the good of citizens, & there's nothing wrong with doing that at this point." Commissioner Jeff Bergosh also agreed with concerned citizens alongside Lumon May, saying that he would follow his lead on the issue & that he was supportive of assessing the current tree ordinances & cleaning up the vague language in current LDC. " I think we're going to look at policy that's maybe more cut and dry when it comes to these really rare, magnificent, big trees."

WE MUST ADVOCATE FOR THIS TREE! Revisions are NEEDED IN LDC That Give Rights To Communities In Land Use/Development Decisions! PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! You can also support our cause by signing this petition and emailing and/or calling the District 3 County Commissioner, Lumon May with you objections & concerns at district3@myescambia.com phone: 850-595-4930

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