City to Remove Monterey Cypress Tree on 4800 Block of Del Mar in Ocean Beach

by on October 24, 2016 · 1 comment

in Culture, Environment, Health, Ocean Beach, San Diego

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The OB Rag today – Friday, October 21st – received a courtesy message that the City will be removing a Monterey Cypress tree at 4866 Del Mar Avenue on Friday, October 28th.

According to Anthony Santacroce, Senior Public Information Officer for the city, arborists –

“… have diagnosed it as dead and decaying at the roots, trunk and branches as well as suffering from a preponderance of wood boring insects.  The assessments recommend the tree be removed immediately, as it cannot be rehabilitated and poses a public safety risk to both lives and property.”

Here is the message:

OB Rag,

This is a courtesy message informing you that a Monterey Cypress tree will be removed next Friday.

Below is the body of a letter I sent to the Ocean Beach Planning Board.

After much consideration, the Monterey Cypress tree adjacent to 4866 Del Mar Avenue in Ocean Beach is currently scheduled for removal on Friday, October 28.

Certified Arborists under the review and supervision of Board Certified Master Arborists from both the City and independent contractor West Coast Arborists have diagnosed it as dead and decaying at the roots, trunk and branches as well as suffering from a preponderance of wood boring insects.

The assessments recommend the tree be removed immediately, as it cannot be rehabilitated and poses a public safety risk to both lives and property.

One last biology assessment, set to be performed by independent contractor Helix Environmental Inc. prior to removal, will verify the absence of nesting birds. The City has been monitoring the Monterey Cypress at residents’ request for the last three years. The tree has been listed as “in decline” since 2013.

We understand your members’ great passion for your neighborhood trees and wanted to make sure you were aware of this decision.

Please contact me with questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Anthony Santacroce
Senior Public Information Officer
City of San Diego
Communications
T (619) 533-4509
C (619) 602-2805
SanDiego.gov

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avatar kh October 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm

This is great progress! I don’t know anything about this tree, but thank you City of San Diego for being transparent about it.

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