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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Marpe: Cut Unsafe Trees, Plant New Ones

Citing safety concerns, Westport First selectman Jim Marpe said today that he agrees with recommendations to raze 15 mature trees at Longshore Club Park as recommended by town Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay and Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy.

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Notices on trees scheduled for removal on the entranceway to Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

In a statement, Marpe said he made his decision following Lindsay’s report and information provided at an on-site publication information session Saturday.

“This recommendation was an extremely difficult one to make given the age and size of the trees, as well as their iconic presence at Longshore,” he said, adding that those who attended Saturday’s meeting “helped me with my decision.”

Marpe noted that most of the larger trees along the entrance drive have already come down over the years, that the removal of the remaining trees “reflects the final stage of a landscape plan which has been in place for over 20 years.”

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