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City to Remove 15 Damaged Hard Wood Trees in Lake Park

The City of Naples is continuing with the removal of street and park trees that have been damaged by Hurricane Irma. This project is expected to begin in early June and be complete by the end of August.

City staff identified the trees with spray painted white X's that you might have noticed over the past week or two. This effort is led by Heather Shields, City Arborist, who wrote in a letter to residents, "The primary function of my job is to preserve the street and park trees that make Naples a unique and beautiful community. Sadly, my responsibilities also include identifying and removing trees that have been subjected to disease or damage. While we make every effort to save trees, those that pose a risk to public safety or simply are not sustainable considering the amount of decline or damage they have experienced, must be removed."

There's good news and bad news. First, the bad.

The City currently does not have concrete plans or funding in place to replace the trees any time soon (we are talking 5-10 years, maybe more). Worse, any trees under power lines will not be replaced with another major-story tree (e.g. mahogany trees). Only smaller trees that will not grow into the power lines can be planted in the future. This effort is certain to change the Lake Park's canopy, specifically 13th Street North, where 8 hardwood Mahogany trees are to be removed for health and safety reasons. (Full disclosure: I live on 13th Street North and one of the trees sits on my property).

City staff has been working on developing the final scope of work for tree removals, stump grinding and pruning projects for several months. The development of the tree removal project includes assessments by several arborists, including the Florida Urban Forest Strike Team, City staff (who are certified arborists through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)), and FEMA staff.

Once the project parameters were established, staff bid the project and City Council voted to fund the effort on June 6th. City staff informed Lake Park residents and our HOA which trees in Lake Park were subject to removal after City Council awarded the contract.

White X’s on City trees triggered several calls of concern to City staff before the June 6th vote, prompting a meeting between city officials and residents of Coquina Sands. However, no such X's had yet been painted in Lake Park (or at least on 13th Street North), preventing our community from receiving constructive notice about the tree removals to address this issue with City Council before their vote. Additionally, the City has a September deadline to remove the trees in order to be reimbursed by federal hurricane money.

Now, the good:

I've personally voiced these concerns to city officials and political leaders. They have been understanding of my criticism, welcoming of dialogue, and empathetic to our neighborhood reeling from this decision.

City Arborist Heather Shields, Jim Hodgdon, Parks and Parkways Superintendent (also an arborist) and Dana Souza, Community Services Director have made the good faith effort to meet with residents regarding the tree removals by offering a walking tour of Lake Park and explaining the reasoning behind their decisions before any tree is removedWe thank the Community Services Department and Heather Shields for this effort of good will and community outreach. I'm also reaching out to some golf cart owners to help shepherd the group around. If you or a neighbor have a golf cart and would like to help, please let me know.

Well, a wiser fellow than myself once said, sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar, well, he eats you.

Tree Removal Walking Tour
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
1354 13th St. N., Naples, FL

The List of Trees to be Removed in Lake Park

11th St N 1323 Black Olive
12th Ave N 1253 Mahogany
13th St N 996 Mahogany
13th St N 1055 Mahogany
13th St N 1354 Mahogany
13th St N 1291 10th Ave N Mahogany
7th Ave N 684 12th St N Ficus
7th Ave N 684 12th St N Ficus
8th Terr 1182 Ficus
11th St N 694 Royal
11th St N 1089 Broad Ave N Royal
12th St N Across from 1265 Mahogany
13th Ave N 1255 Royal
13th St N 1291 10th Ave N Mahogany
13th St N 891 Mahogany
13th St N 905 Mahogany
13th St N 861 Mahogany
8th Ave N 1075 Ficus

Code Enforcement Bus Tour: Success (or how Roger Jacobsen is a Champion and Hero for our Community)

Board members and residents were invited to join local hero Roger Jacobsen and Master Officer Steve Walden on a "code enforcement bus tour" on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Roger explained code enforcement policies and best neighborhood practices on a bus tour of Lake Park.

What was striking to me was the in-depth knowledge that Roger and Steve possessed of nearly each and every home. It felt like they were the HOA and we were new residents. I cannot begin to express the neighborhood’s gratitude to these outstanding individuals and the service they provide to the city.

They aren’t the type to waive their badge around and begin levying fines. They care about our community and residents and seek to work with individuals on a case-by-case basis to create a safe and beautiful community.

Notably, there are at least two abandoned homes in Lake Park that they are monitoring and attempting to get onto the market. They continue to work with the dealership to prevent car carries from unloading on residential streets. Grass can only be so long, construction must be permitted, and living conditions cannot be untenable. 

Homeowners who want to bring their boat out, clean it, and live the Florida lifestyle are easily granted weekend waivers-- they just notify Code Enforcement and everything's okay. They demonstrated an intimate knowledge of Lake Park, its residents, and the challenges it faces from time to time.

Roger and Steve are really warm, personable, approachable, and caring people who just want the best for everyone. If you don’t believe me, it’s in the papers. We are truly lucky to have them as public servants.

Most of us don't want code enforcement or the neighborhood association breathing down our necks every time a car isn't parked properly, the grass gets a little long, or a trash can gets left out an extra day or two. However, we also want a safe, decent, and respectable neighborhood. 

The purpose of the Code Enforcement Division is to promote, protect, and improve the safety, health, and welfare of our citizens. This is accomplished by providing equitable, expeditious and effective enforcement of city codes.

I am encouraging neighbors to do the following:
  • Do not park vehicles in a manner that blocks sidewalks
  • Call ahead to schedule bulk pickup and avoid lingering trash mountains
  • Keep drainage and stormwater areas unobstructed and clear
  • Love and obey Roger Jacobsen and learn more at https://www.naplesgov.com/codeenforcement

Lake Park Pool Party (Free Community Event)

We are working to make Lake Park a more connected and friendly family community. Thus, we've put together a Pool Party. Everyone's invited. It's free. I imagine there will be food. There will be families and fun. More details to come, but this is what we have together so far:

Lake Park Pool Party
Sunday, July 8, 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm
River Park Aquatic Center
451 11th St N, Naples, FL 34102

Lake Park Neighborhood Association Seeks Committee Members

Our Board of Directors is in full swing and is hoping to create meaningful change in the neighborhood. We have a few different committees and are looking for Lake Park residents to help with their duties. Each committee requires at least three Lake Park residents. Here's the roundup of them:

  • Membership Committee
    • Increase membership and awareness, plan a family oriented pool party, wrangle block captains, and identify/partner with local businesses and business owners in the community.
    • If you're interested, email Isaac Codrey at inmcodrey@gmail.com 
  • Governmental Relations
    • Foster and maintain strategic relationships with city officials, neighborhoods, and county entities. Consider CDBG, CRA, and other grant and funding opportunities. Lobby the City on behalf of the neighborhood. 
    • If you're interested, email Sam Saad at sam3@samsaad.com
  • Community Beautification
    • Work to develop a Lake Park Tree Plan, plan and participate in a code enforcement bus tour, signage beautification, and home of the month. Work to improve the overall aesthetic of Lake Park.
    • If you're interested, email Joanna Suero at joannadarling@hotmail.com 
  • Meetings & Entertainment
    • Planning and execution of: the neighborhood block party and annual meeting.
    • If you're interested, email Cathalin Miner at cpminer@aol.com 
  • Public Relations & Newsletter
    • Solicit and write articles for the Lake Park newsletter, our flagship print publication. Help find sponsors and advertisers. 
    • If you're interested, email Karen Parry at kparry_benchmark@comcast.net
  • Auditing (Finance) Commitee
    • Take a look at the Lake Park Neighborhood Association's books--look at ways to generate revenue and curtail expenses. Create overall budget and work to allocate money for various committees to accomplish goals.
    • If you're interested, email Nick Spahr at nfspahr@gmail.com 
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email me at ddperry@gmail.com

That's All, Folks!

Thanks for reading this time's Lake Park Digest. I'm Derek Perry, the *ahem* President of the Lake Park Neighborhood Association. I send out emails on behalf of the neighborhood association. Feel free to email me anything you'd like included in future mailings. I hope to provide regular updates that will help our community stay informed and grow stronger.

And sign up for a commitee!

My mailing address is:
Lake Park Neighborhood Association
PO Box 11282
Naples, FL 34101-1282

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