City Officials, Stakeholders Agree to New Plan of Action, Postpone Walking Tour
City officials and community stakeholders are coming together to revisit the process of Lake Park's tree removals. Because of the unique nature of Lake Park’s aesthetic and the specific impact the tree removal will have on the neighborhood, an independent arborist is going to assess the trees scheduled for removal and provide an additional report that either confirms the need to remove trees or provide a preservation/maintenance strategy. Because this report will not be ready by tomorrow, Saturday, June 23, 2018, Lake Park’s tree walking tour is postponed to Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 9 am – after the independent arborist’s report is published.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone but are thankful to the city for offering our neighborhood this specific opportunity. In the end, we may not be happy with the results, but the process will be thorough, thoughtful, and candid. The City has the responsibility of managing both the preservation of trees in Naples and ensuring the public is protected from a trees potential to fail. At times, these responsibilities may appear to conflict following a natural disaster such as Hurricane Irma and the highest priority must be to ensure public safety. We are grateful for the Community Services Department work in our neighborhood, specifically City Arborist Heather Shields, Parks and Parkways Superintendent (and arborist) Jim Hodgdon, and Community Services Director Dana Souza.
Additionally, I would like to thank County Commissioner Penny Taylor, City Manager Bill Moss, City Council, our neighborhood association, and the Community Services Department. Each of these individuals and groups have worked together to create the best possible process for our community, despite whatever may come of our trees. We are truly blessed as a neighborhood, city, and community to have such wonderful and engaged group of people seeking the best outcome for Lake Park.