OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The low lying trees on Lovers Lane add character to one of the most charming gems of Ocean Springs. Now, residents are being very vocal about how important the iconic oak trees are to the street, after city leaders made it clear that the trees are impeding public safety.
"Everybody, they just come down to visit Lovers Lane, they just all talk about it. I mean, you see tags from all over the country driving down Lovers Lane," said one resident.
The trees create a canopy over the narrow lane residents are proud to call home. That's why the thought of even trimming them is upsetting to most residents.
"For those of you who move there, you knew those trees were there. If you got a problem with the trees, pack your bags and move," said a resident.
Citizens are up in arms over a study conducted in June to make sure the fire department's ladder truck could get to the end of the street without any trouble. Pictures identified several points on the lane that caused problems for the ladder truck, which would most likely be needed in an emergency, due to the elevation of houses at the end of the lane.
"The city needs to look at all of its options before it summarily decides the fate of something that is far older than any of us here," said another resident.
Fountain said the city has not yet made a decision to cut down any of the trees that have been identified as safety concerns, but residents wanted to make it clear that they will not be pleased if the city decides to do so.
"Those trees provide privacy and safety and value to those properties," said a property owner.
The city's building official said they have spoken with certain residents about the possibility of purchasing some of their property to widen the lane, but nothing has been decided.
"Take out this tree, pretty soon it's going to be like an open canopy, it's going to be kind of like taking the sand from the beach," said a resident.
The notes from the meeting will be discussed with the board of aldermen before any action is taken.