Residents, upset over the destruction of downtown Mount Dora's mature oak trees and the knowledge that many more are scheduled to meet the same fate in the next few weeks, have found a way to express their growing displeasure.
Residents and visitors that support "An Oak for An Oak" tree replacement policy are encouraged to tie green ribbons on their trees, doors, mailboxes, cars, or other visible places to express their solidarity and symbolize their request that the city council do more to preserve and restore Mount Dora's arborous charm. The green ribbon movement's goal is also to encourage the city council to develop a timeline to replace fifty percent of the palms planted downtown last year with shade trees similar to those planted in other Florida municipalities. The ribbons are intended to remain displayed until the oak trees are better protected and and those that must be removed are replaced.
The need for improved protection became an issue last summer after the city replaced mature oak trees with palm trees, in contrast to the planning departments public statements the oaks would be replaced with live oaks on Third Avenue. The palm tree substitution became a passionate issue as it drastically changed that area's character.
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Removal of oak trees on 4th Avenue, April 6
Removal of more oak trees on 4th Avenue, April 6th
Car with green ribbon showing support of "Oak for An Oak" replacement policy and better oak preservation by city council
3rd Avenue before last year's removal of oak trees
3rd Avenue after last year's palm tree replacements