At times, the wheels of change seem to move at a snail's pace. The case of deciding whether to replace shade trees on downtown streets is no exception. However, changes to the previously approved plan require adequate time to follow the necessary procedures of meetings, redesign, and approval.
Mount Dora City Council is finally expected to vote tomorrow night on a revised plan that will remove four parking spaces to accommodate four Live Oak trees. The compromise calls for these trees to be added to 4th Avenue (between Donnelly Street and Baker), as well as Donnelly Street (between 4th and 3rd Avenue). This revision totals an addition of four Live Oaks downtown which helps bridge the gap in the total net loss of canopy shade trees on downtown's streets.
The proposed comprise is in response to public outcry that the lack of large shade trees diminished the city's charm and increased downtown's heat thereby making it significantly less pedestrian friendly. Residents also encouraged the council to re-visit last year's landscape plan that lined a portion of two streets, Donnelly Street and 3rd Avenue, with palms instead of shade trees.
Residents interested in this issue are encouraged to attend the city council meeting, Tuesday, July 7th at 6pm when the revised plan will be presented. Supporters of downtown shade are encouraged to wear green.
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4th Avenue, after removal of shade.
4th Avenue with shade (before picture).