City of Sarasota Residents Eligible for Free Tree

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BY SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY NOV 18, 2017

Within the City's recently revised tree ordinance to protect and grow the urban canopy, City of Sarasota residents may receive a free tree as part of a developer's tree mitigation plan. The new program allows replacement trees to be located within a 1,000-foot radius of a removal site or in the same neighborhood. Homeowners registering online can specify which kind of palm tree they would like to receive, or the type of canopy tree, ranging from magnolia to gumbo limbo to jacaranda. The varieties posted online are suggested tree types and do not guarantee a resident will receive that species or any tree. Once City staff determines a developer is eligible to mitigate off-site, the Public Tree Request List will be reviewed to try to pair a nearby homeowner with a tree. The developer will be responsible for delivering and planting the tree, and the homeowner will be responsible for caring for it for a minimum of one year.

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