The Great Mahogany Massacre

     It may go down as one of the biggest tree massacres that Fort Lauderdale has ever seen!


     Before yesterday, these gauged Mahoganies were part of the treelined, shady Fort Lauderdale High School grounds -

                              what they used to look like!

     Then came yesterday! ....  Neighborhood President Randall Klett was the first to see the carnage happening friday afternoon (odd time to start ?)

     Klett called the Mayor, who in turn called the Manager, who in turn called out the head of the Building Dept,  Greg Brewton....

     Brewton's department went to the scene, and thought they had stopped the work, but this morning the choppers were back at it again - Brewton was notified this morning that they were still hacking and was off to try and stop them again.


     The School Board calls it an improvement. The City, who has no jurisdiction on school property, calls it a violation! The School Board is exempt from having to get permits from the City, but Mayor Seiler says that "doesn't mean they can break the law!".

     Hopefully the tree destruction has been halted again, time will tell.

     - but the School Board says not to worry -  they will be replacing the trees like they did just across the street at the new Ft. Lauderdale High Swimming Pool...


                       .... with these beautiful 8 footers ???  UGH!


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  • 6/23/2012 2:17 PM Linda Tapp wrote:
    I'm going to find out the actual VALUE of these trees and the School Board MUST replace them with new tree replacement of REAL value. What a damn shame !!!
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  • 6/23/2012 2:53 PM Anonymous wrote:
    This is truly a loss. However, North Andrews Elementary (east of Andrews on north side of NE 56th St.) killed a dozen or so trees, some mangos too, a few years back for some other use. And most recently the Pompano school on the north side of NE 5th St in the last year removed a few dozen canopy trees as well. Great lessons for the students. but as we all know all too well in FLL and Broward -
    Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Business as usual. Thank you Tim for exposing this massacre, and Randall for his efforts to try to halt this.
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  • 6/23/2012 2:58 PM Call your SB Member wrote:
    Call Maureen Dinnen, oh wait what does she care she resigned from office and the trees are not her family members or lobbyists so dont hold your breath for a call back.
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  • 6/23/2012 6:58 PM Hope wrote:
    The School Board ought to be all over this one. Everyone shocked, done on a friday afternoon. Somebody should to be held accountable for this abomination.
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  • 6/23/2012 7:11 PM Carmen Smith wrote:
    I'm a Christian and I'm not supposed to think this way but the word comes to mind when I see these massacred trees = evil. Is there a meaning to this? Who can explain it? The only way one would be able to understand this type behavior would be if you were insane. Who thought of this? Why? My angered thought then is: does the School Board headquarters, have any large trees around their building we could cut down?
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  • 6/24/2012 8:32 AM Sam Chapone wrote:
    Typical School Board- educating the mass's on what you SHOULDN'T do- get rid of all the powers'that be in the multi- million dollar crystal palace downtown, to teach them a thing or two on how things ought to operate!
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  • 6/24/2012 8:56 AM scottstrawbridge wrote:
    Tom Lindner - Broward Schools - call him - he is the man in charge of this
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  • 6/24/2012 9:40 AM Paul Gougelman wrote:
    I have already penned a few quick letters to the two at-large school board members, Ms. Leach and Ms. Bartleman. I will also be trying to track down Mr. Lindner, who is allegedly in charge of this. Thanks Tim for raising this issue. What were these people thinking? I know. . . I know . . . These people weren't thinking.
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  • 6/24/2012 10:40 AM Mary wrote:
    Forget dept heads and middle managers that want to keep their jobs at any cost. Go to the top and email;

    Bartleman has been responsive in every issue I have contacted her on. I don't bother with the others. Thanks Tim for turning up the heat on those responsible or had the authority to halt this massacre.
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  • 6/27/2012 4:20 PM Ray wrote:
    Just one more example of the School Board's total disregard for their neighbors. The week before last they were changing light bulbs on the girl's softball field sports lights at 11:15 p.m. Yes, the sports lights over 35' high that should have not been allowed in Fort Lauderdale, just ask Cardinal Gibbons. BCSB don't think we're not watching you!
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    1. 7/1/2012 2:45 PM Annoyed In The Know wrote:
      Yet another example of emotions overrulling logic. The SBBC followed in accordance with Broward County Code and obtained the approporiate tree removal license. The Mahognany trees removed were below power lines, have been over reduced with the characteristic "V" cut due to power line conflicts and were oringally planted in areas without adequate root or canopy space to ensure proper development. While you may not like the fact that the trees were removed the removal itself was done legally and replacement trees are required to be installed that will not come into conflict with overhead and underground utility corridors. In addition a large amount of mature canopy trees have been preserved onsite and others have been chosen for relocation. Next time before spouting off with ludicrous and irrational comments due your research first.
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      1. 7/5/2012 10:47 AM Joe Samnik wrote:
        fromorel SatAnnoyed In The Know may well be correct; in fact, I accept what was reported as the fact. I just have a problem with anyone who doesn't use a real name when joining a group discussion. At any rate, thanks for the clarity regarding this new informatin.
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  • 7/5/2012 9:55 AM Rose Bechard-Butman wrote:
    As a, ISA Certified Arborist and Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club Civic Improvement and Community Education Committee, I am appalled at this destruction of a mature native tree canopy. Surely a minor alteration in the plans could have saved these trees!
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  • 7/20/2012 2:39 PM Rose Bechard-Butman wrote:

    They are still trying to remove Mahogany tree # 159 on their plan! It is in good condition and should not be removed!
    It is a shame these trees were never incorprated into the design!!!!
    Rose Bechard-Butman: Certified Arborist
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