Replace the Banyan Tree at 1402 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205 with a Safe Alternative

Replace the Banyan Tree at 1402 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205 with a Safe Alternative

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JEB Eldridge started this petition to Senior Pastor Reverend Dino Rustin, Sr. Pastor and

     As a lot of us in Bradenton have found out these past few days, our beautiful, picturesque Banyan Tree at the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, FL - A "town staple," a lot of us Bradenton residents would call it, is a more-than-agreeable agreeable term - has been whittled, juilenned, and destroyed in order to pave the way into a new expansive future for the Church, buildings and all.

     Being a town staple in just the right compositional location for a photograph or shade for picknick-goers, we will miss it, but it doesn't have to end this way - This is our petition to the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, FL recommending a replacement tree in the same, or relatively nearby location on the same lot.

     ... That's not all of the story, though. Banyan trees are highly invasive to our landscape we must help preserve, according to the University of Florida.¹ The Church's "greedy" decision a large portion of our town perceives it as actually had a bright side. The Church saved the road they reside on (and so many townfolk and tourists alike depend on); The tree's poorly maintained structure began to pull up the sidewalk, going into the road, on several occasions. Although we all may not thank the First Presbyterian Church for their actions against the tree now, our future generations do and will.

     Conclusively - considering all the evidence on both sides, it is in our Terms and Conditions to replace the Banyan, just as explained earlier, but with a native or safe non-invasive species of tree, being it grows to the same or similar length, width, height, age of our beloved now-missed "Bradenton Banyan."

     In order to preserve the First Ammendment rights 'We the People' are endowed to, these Terms and Conditions exclusively prohibit taxpayer funds to pay for the (and any) replacement flora for our Banyan, landing the financial and time management responsibilities exclusively on the party in question, the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, FL, USA or landowner of the property at the time any work is done. Voluntary, private donations can be offered to the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, FL, USA for any reason at any time. Offer and acceptance of any donations is voluntary and non-enforceable, guided by law.

     These Terms and Conditions in their entirety is to be enforced unless Federal, State, Municipality, or Common Law state otherwise, if and only if this petition is accepted.

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Sources:

¹Hunsberger, Adrian G. B. “Invasive and Banned Plants of Miami-Dade County.” UFL.edu, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 28 Sept. 2001, goo.gl/JLuwux. Associated Sources: The Landscape Manual, Miami-Dade
County Department of Planning and Zoning,
January 2001.

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