Photo submitted by Jennifer Benner
We often get photographs from our Bungalower readers of things that are happening around town, and we have started featuring them on the site in a series called Eyes on the Street, in honor of our hero Jane Jacobs.
UPDATE: There is no current City Code that does not allow climbing of trees, however, it is against City Code to damage a tree. – Cassandra Lafser, Press Secretary, City of Orlando
Two teen girls were seen aggressively jumping on one of the branches of the Mayor, a massive 200-year-old live oak, in front of the Mennello Museum in Ivanhoe Village, this past Saturday, in the hours before the Orlando Fringe Festival was scheduled to begin.
An eye witness told us that when they went to approach the teens to ask them to stop jumping, the tree branch broke and sent one of the girls flying through the air and landing a few feet away from the base of the tree. Both girls were uninjured.
The 40 foot branch is still at the bottom of the tree.
Orlando Fringe organizers were devastated at the news but City Parks staff were unavailable for comment. We’ve reached out to Peter Effaldana, City Parks Reservations manager and general “speaker for the trees,” on what the rules and regulations are for public interactions with Trees of Significance like the Mayor, but have yet to hear back.