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Tropical Trees Posing Problems for Funeral Cars

February 16, 2009 | | Comments 0

The Key West Cemetery in Florida is going to be chopping down some palm trees to make the grounds safer for mourners and funeral cars driving around the facility. City officials are planning on removing 15 Washingtonian palm trees which stand inside the cemetery grounds near Frances Street, Windsor Lane and Passover Lane.

Last year, according to cemetery caretaker Russell Brittain, several trees that stood about 70 feet tall easily fell down during last year’s hurricane season. Some of them blocked a street in the cemetery and also damaged the mausoleum.

“They’re extremely tall. They’ve been falling for years,” Brittain explained. “We determined that it’s time for these trees to be removed because they pose a significant threat” to funeral cars and mourners coming through and visiting the cemetery. In addition, the city’s urban forestry manager felt the trees needed to be taken down. “The trees are falling apart,” said Cynthia Domenech-Coogle. “There are arborists who will not climb those trees because they are so brittle. We are trying to be proactive and avoid damage to people and or property.”

Other trees are also getting moved from the cemetery to another area so funeral cars can make turns easier when visiting the cemetery.

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