LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - The future of the Sharon Sheffield park in Lynn Haven was decided upon three years ago.
But last week, more than 20 trees were taken down at the historic park, and some members of the community aren't happy about it.
News 13's Alex Thorson spoke with Lynn Haven's mayor, Margo Anderson, about the issue Sunday afternoon.
"When I drove by the park the other day, I was shocked myself. I didn't expect that many trees to be taken," Anderson said.
The plan was approved in 2015 and included taking down 13 diseased trees. However, last week, residents saw trees double that figure, demolished.
"There were more trees that we're diseased, dead, than there were three years ago," the mayor said.
City manager Michael White is leading the project.
"I had a couple tree surgeons help me look at certain trees. There were a couple oak trees I would have loved to keep, but they told me, 'I guarantee they're dead,'" White said.
Other trees were removed to make space for the amphitheater, tables, and other future stages of the project.
That being said, Mayor Anderson said she will propose that additional tree removals will need to approved by the commission.
"We had a very tough conversation about it," she said, "I'm a fifth generation person of the town. History and preservation of nature is very important to me and we're going to make sure that park is beautiful."
The plan shows workers will be planting several trees, azaleas, and adding fish to the pond.
"They're not going to put just seedlings in the park, they're going to be good sized trees. It won't take long until the foliage is beautiful out there," Anderson said.
The mayor said the trees will be planted in time for the first concert in the park this April.
You can see a map of the project on the Mayors Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/lynnhavenmayor/
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