Coral Springs Residents Rally Against Tree Removal Plan at Upcoming Public Meeting

Video courtesy of Coral Springs, Florida: Save Our Trees

By Sharon Aron Baron

Residents are opposing the Coral Springs Improvement District’s (CSID) plan to remove up to 2,500 healthy trees alongside 22 miles of the city’s waterways.

The “Save Our Trees” campaign, formed by local residents, is mobilizing community opposition to the proposal, which they argue has no scientific basis and will cause environmental and aesthetic damage.

“This is a drastic measure with no scientific basis that crosses the line between reasonable storm mitigation and wholesale environmental vandalism,” said Stephen Lytle, a resident involved in the campaign. He called on CSID board members to pursue more effective alternatives without sacrificing the city’s urban forest.

According to Save Our Trees, the project could result in the loss of Coral Springs’ 30-year designation as a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. Other negative consequences include habitat loss for local wildlife, increased erosion and water pollution, loss of carbon sequestration, increased heat island effect, aesthetic degradation, increased noise pollution, and decreased property values.

According to “Save Our Trees,” the city commission reminded CSID of the requirement to obtain a permit for each tree removal under Section 212 of the Land Development Code, but CSID argues it does not need permission.

The group urges residents to wear green and voice their concerns at the CSID Board of Supervisors public meeting on Monday, April 17, at the J.P. Taravella High School auditorium located at 10600 Riverside Dr in Coral Springs.

Related: Keep Coral Springs Tree City USA: Resident Says ‘Leaf’ our Trees Alone, Petition Against Proposed Removal

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