The City of Panama City will cut down a historic four-headed Pindo Palm which sits at Oaks by the Bay Park.
City officials said in a news release that they are “disappointed” but were left with no other options after Bartlett Tree Experts determined the tree was in irreversible decline and would die over the next few years.
The tree, which is between 80 and 100 years old, will be removed on Thursday at 8 a.m.
“The City in partnership with Gulf Coast Tree Service and Gulf Coast State College is hoping to create laser etched, memorial plaques from pieces of the tree,” city officials wrote. “The plaque and quantity available will be determined after removal because of the uncertainty of the tree’s condition.”
The Leisure Services Department plans to initially create a grassy area in the palm’s place then have discussions with the community to see what members would like to see at the park.
The public is invited to the park, 2715 W. 10th Street, at 8:00 a.m. for the removal.