Tree Protest

"They're getting rid of the reason folks come to the coast." That's the way one South Mississippi resident felt today as he joined a "tree party" it's a gathering of people working to raise awareness about the historic trees on the property where a condominium and apartment project is going to go up. Their "party" was supposed to include a gathering around a seven hundred year old tree on the property but as WLOX found out this controversy has its own controversy.

Patricia Spinks had planned to have the Alamo tree party on the property where the trees are located, but early in the morning on the day of the party she got a Fedex from the owners of the motel saying they canceled her two rooms and sent her check back. But, that didn't stop this group from trying to save some of the huge live oaks on the property. Patricia Spinks is one of the many concerned citizens who don't want to see the oaks destroyed. "Our goal is to try and protect as many of these endangered trees as we can."

These folks are here because they don't want to see any of the trees on the Alamo property destroyed but they're extremely sensitive about the oldest trees there. Patricia Spinks says, "we're pretty sure that we'll save the very oldest tree which is close to seven hundred years old, but the others which are just treasures are probably going to be taken down if we don't do something to stop it; it's the responsibility of the city to protect these trees."

Catherine Rea is another concerned citizen that is giving up some of her time to protest. "I don't know that it would be an ideal spot for a condominium when it is so lovely here along the coast and we don't have very many green areas left." Spinks says, "all this area which had a forest of trees will become a forest of concrete and there are 67 of the protected trees in this area alone that are ear-marked for removal."

Joseph Mitchell lives next to the Alamo property and hates to see the coast's green areas taken away. "Try and preserve as much as they can of the green area because there is no more land in the world, we're slowly destroying it all with concrete."

Although they didn't get to protest on the property, one look around at the signs and the discussion over the map of the future project, and it was clear they made their point.