Decision is Made Regarding Protected Oaks in Biloxi

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Updated: 12/05/2013 7:59 pm
The trees are hundreds of years old, but now the clock is ticking down, all in the name of development. There has been much back and forth between the city, the baseball developers, and local residents about the fate of the trees on the baseball stadium property. As of today, the countdown begins. The Biloxi Planning Commission's decision means that it's only a matter of time before 19 protected oak trees are removed from what will be the downtown stadium. They delayed the vote two weeks to make sure all options were considered, and today was crucial. It was either build a stadium, or save the trees, and the Planning Commission says play ball. Eric Nolan, an arborist, says, “We don't like losing trees. We never do, but in this situation, they're working to get the downtown moving forward.” Arlene Canaan, a concerned resident, says, “They're survivors. They have significance. That's what the citizens of Biloxi are. We're survivors, so we need to do everything we can, if it's modifying this, to keep these trees.” The trees truly are a symbol of resilience here, and the city is still making room for the trees to stay standing. No trees will be taken down until the baseball team and bond are secured, and the contractor has all money in hand. For every tree removed, another will be planted in its place, either on the property, or on another city property.

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