This issue was just brought to my attention because of the amount of trees disappearing around my community. The amount of maintenance is the leading reason for removing established trees that have been in the community for decades!
FYI! In 2019 Gov. Ron DeSantis removed local control over tree removal!
The City of Plantation can no longer regulate homeowner tree decisions on their private property! The Environmental Landscape Division, by Florida Law, which over rules local statutes cannot require a permit to remove a tree or require a tree be replaced!
163.045 Tree pruning, trimming, or removal on residential property.—
(1) A local government may not require a notice, application, approval, permit, fee, or mitigation for the pruning, trimming, or removal of a tree on residential property if the property owner obtains documentation from an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture or a Florida licensed landscape architect that the tree presents a danger to persons or property.
(2) A local government may not require a property owner to replant a tree that was pruned, trimmed, or removed in accordance with this section.
(3) This section does not apply to the exercise of specifically delegated authority for mangrove protection pursuant to ss. 403.9321 – 403.9333.
History.—s. 1, ch. 2019-155.
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