Tree Canopy in the Village West


I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately, and one of the big differences that I’ve noticed between walking in the Center Grove and walking the West Grove is the lack of a cohesive tree canopy. As summer is fast approaching, more people are out walking and enjoying the weather, but here in the West Grove we are out in the sun with no shade over our sidewalks pretty much the entire time.

After discussing this at length with Cindy Karp (Democratic Committeewoman Precinct 583), we decided to get in touch with the City of Miami to find out what is being done. On Thursday, I had a conference call with the chief administrators of both of the Grove NET Offices, and I was pleased to hear that they are already working together on the issue. We’ve set up a meeting and will have representatives from the Treeman’s Trust and the Coconut Grove Village Council to figure out how we can unify efforts and maximize what is being done in the area.

Part of the problem is that once the City places the trees, it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain them. In order for the program to be successful, we would need a large scale education program for our residents that explains the benefits of having trees planted as well as the maintainence required to keep them healthy.

I feel very strongly that this would be extremely beneficial for the West Grove. Trees are great for the environment, provide shade (which can lower residents’ electricity costs), and raise property values by beautifying our neighborhood. This is something we can all stand behind.

Please let me know if you’d like a tree placed in your swail (the area between the sidewalk and your property line) via email and I will pass it along to the City.

-Stephen P. Murray


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    The contents of this blog do not reflect the opinions of the Coconut Grove Village Council, the Democratic National Committee, the Florida Democratic Party, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, or any elected official or organization referenced herein.

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