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TreeWatch petition to save the trees of Coconut Grove

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Dear City Commissioner Sarnoff and County Commissioner Suarez, 

We are the neighbors, friends, citizens, residents and visitors of Coconut Grove, Florida. We have concerns about the tree removal projects by the Coconut Grove BID/City of Miami Capital Improvements Program, specifically, Phase 1 encompassing Florida Avenue, Fuller St. and Commodore Plaza, Phase 2 encompassing Grand Ave. and Main Highway, and the County’s 27th Avenue Beautification Project, Phase 2. Altogether these projects compromise approximately 100 mature trees that are part of the history of Coconut Grove and the canopy that has defined, to residents and visitors alike, its special character and charm. 

We encourage the planting of new trees, but not at the cost of trees we currently have. We do not want our streets to look like an artist’s rendering. We do not want to look like other parts of the City or the County. We do not want Coconut Grove to lose the trees we currently have so that they may be replaced with exactly spaced, uniform trees of the same thickness and height, which will never grow to abundance in our lifetimes. We ask that the City and County explore ways to safeguard our existing trees in order to promote their health and longevity. 

Respectfully submitted by Coconut Grove TreeWatch and supporters


Coconut Grove TreeWatch, Miami, Florida


Coconut Grove TreeWatch is a tree advocacy group in Coconut Grove Florida. It was founded in 2005 by concerned residents of Coconut Grove Liliana Dones and Santiago Villegas who wished to preserve the canopy and unique character of the neighborhood. Anyone who is interested in the protection and welfare of trees can be a member.  Contact us at

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