“#wtf … can I Ask Bungalower? ” – Chelsea Leigh Simmons via Facebook
We received the above message on Facebook in regards to a photo a reader had taken of a sign posted on a tree stump in Colonialtown North. The sign, as you can see in our photo, states that the tree was removed by accident by the City.
We spoke with Mr. Pinder, an Orlando resident who lived by the removed tree, who stated that the old-growth oak had been in relatively good health prior to being cut down. When he reached out to the City’s Parks department for more information, he was informed that the tree had indeed been removed by accident.
According to our contacts at City Hall, the City was indeed notified by residents concerning the removal of the tree this week at 1407 Illinois Street (which you can see here by clicking on our GMap link). The City’s Public Relations office told us that, “The City has looked into this issue and determined that this tree was mistakenly removed by the City’s crew. We have notified the residents and will be replacing the tree. Additionally, we are reviewing our internal procedures to see if any improvements or changes could be made to further prevent this from happening.”
Mr. Pinder has informed us that the City will be planting two 16 foot replacement trees in the right of way very soon.
In related news, we have also been asked about the laurel oaks that were removed from behind Mills Park by Lake Formosa. We posted a photo of the large oaks on our Instagram (@orlandobungalower) being removed last week along the Urban Trail. According to the City, the Permitting Department, “received a tree removal permit application from Davey Tree Services on behalf of Mills Park Apartment. The trees were inspected, they were both laurel oaks and found to be declining. They were permitted for removal.”
Rumors saying the trees were removed by the apartment complex to make way for a dog run seem to be unfounded as no permits have been filed at this time.