Lifelong Coral Gables resident. Graduate of the Univerity of Miami. Home owner and commercial property owner in the “City Beautiful”
As a life long resident of Coral Gables, I recognize the difference in how our tree canopy in the “City Beautiful” was cared for 40 years ago and how it is cared for today. I recognize the lack of consistent, scheduled and systematic maintenance of our tree canopy compared to then.
It is my understanding, the lack of sufficient budget funds the City dedicates to our Greenspace Management Division is the key factor in this dilemma. The City has given that division the impossible task of keeping up with the correct care, maintenance and trimming of 40,000 trees it needs to do 1. Reduce Crown by 20%, 2. Lift and shape as needed and 3. Eliminate dead undergrowth.
By the City allowing this division to do their job properly will not only beautify the trees but most importantly keep them trimmed, safe and storm ready. We need to get back to the diligent and efficient, common sense way the tree canopy and green space areas were kept decades ago.
It is not fair for the City on the one hand to boast about a world-class tree canopy, and on the other hand not allocate proper budget funding for their “Crown Jewel”. Please allow the Greenspace Management Division to do its job properly. The City hired professionals and they should be allowed to do their job. In turn satisfying the residence outcries for more efficient and professional care, safety and maintenance of our trees.
It’s my understanding the City needs to pass a substantial budget increase in order for the Division to hire enough laborers needed to keep up, by increasing to 10 to 12 tree crews consisting of 5 people each to keep up and get things on track verses the 3 crews with 2 people currently.
We ask the City to please approve the Budget for the Greenspace Managment Division so that they can do their job properly and help keep the “City Beautiful “ and your residents satisfied.