Grover Beach landmark tree to be cut down

90-foot cypress considered safety risk

Grover Beach landmark tree to be cut...

GROVER BEACH, Calif. - The fate of a landmark cypress tree at Ramona Gardens Park in Grover Beach is all but sealed after the City Council gave the go-ahead to cut the tree down at the end of the month.

The City Council was told Monday night the 90-foot tree was determined to be decaying by a certified arborist and poses a public safety risk to anyone in its proximity.

"The arborist report came back and indicated decay in all parts of the tree", Grover Beach City Manager Matt Bronson told the City Council Monday night, "namely falling limbs, falling branches."

The City Council heard from only one person who wants to save the towering cypress.

"How sad it is, what I can say, how very shortsighted of all of you", said local resident Anita Shower who says she's worked over the years to save the tree from removal, "as much of you know you have the state of California mandated responsibility to keep our urban canopy."

The City Council accepted an independent report Monday night on the health of the cypress tree and other options for the tree besides removal.

City staff will review the data and report back to the Council.

But unless its convincing evidence to save the tree, it will be cut down at the end of the month.

"We value our trees", said Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals, "public safety is always going to be our top priority."

"I just kept thinking all weekend of the case around Christmas time in Whittier, California where a tree fell unexpectedly and killed someone", said Grover Beach City Council member Mariam Shah, "it's very real."

The City Council was told if and when the big cypress tree is cut down, the plan is to replace it with another, large, mature tree in terms of size and stature.

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