Eucalyptus on Stratford is staying
A contentious debate surrounding whether to remove a eucalyptus tree on Stratford Court ended April 5 with the Del Mar City Council voting unanimously to deny a removal permit.
Owner Ken Margulis requested the city allow him to get rid of the tree, which stood in front of his property, from the public right of way. Margulis said the eucalyptus posed a danger to passers-by in terms of falling on someone, and was also a fire hazard.
“Each day as I walk outside and gaze upon this tree I see only danger and peril,” he told the council, adding that his intentions were preemptive.
About 10 residents from the neighborhood spoke out against removing the tree, saying it beautified the area and was a major part of Del Mar’s character. Deputy Mayor Don Mosier said he was not convinced there was a clear danger to justify eliminating the tree from the public right of way.
“If a fire gets to Stratford Court, most of the city will have already burned,” he said, adding that the tree has already been aggressively trimmed and that he did not see enough of a threat of it falling on its own. “In my mind we need a more compelling reason to remove a tree from public property in the city of Del Mar.”
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