LONG BEACH - Residents of Long Beach say the city is chopping down some of the trees that line their streets without notice.
The city says it is taking down trees that were affected by Superstorm Sandy because they are dangerous. "We have no interest in removing trees," says Deputy Public Works Commissioner Joseph Febrizio. "This is a safety issue."
However, residents claim that trees are being taken down indiscriminately, including healthy trees. They also say the city did not warn them ahead of time that the trees were coming down.
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City officials say a 200-point inspection has been performed by an arborist on every tree that has been chopped.
The city could not give an exact number on how many trees are slated to be removed, but officials say it is several hundred. The removal project is being funded by FEMA money.
Some residents affected by the tree removal program plan on protesting at a City Council meeting tomorrow night.