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Trees chopped on Marco cause outrage

Planted by neighbors decades ago, they city cut down Royal Poincianas Wednesday.

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Planted by neighbors decades ago, they city cut down Royal Poincianas Wednesday.

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  • Two out of three of Mackle Park's Royal Poincianas can no longer be saved. One tree remains standing after the city cut down the others Wednesday without a forewarning to the residents' who saw them planted decades ago.
  • Planted by neighbors decades ago, they city cut down Royal Poincianas Wednesday.
  • The blooms of the Royal Poinciana were the subject of many tourists' and residents' photographs. However, two of three trees at Mackle Park were chopped down Wednesday to the dismay of several neighbors.
  • Poinciana trees are cut down with chainsaws Wednesday at Mackle Park just weeks before the southern trees are to be in bloom.
  • Large blooming Poincianas became a landmark of the past Wednesday as Marco's Park and Rec department ordered two of three of the trees, which were planted decades ago by neighbors to the park, be cut down.

The southern blooming trees of Mackle Park were removed by the city without warning Wednesday. The park's neighbors say they learned of the Royal Poinciana's fate when they were startled by the roaring of chainsaws.

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