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Gulfport mayor issues veto to save Pass Road trees

The Gulfport City Council must decide what to do with a Mayor Hewes veto of a tree removal plan (Photo source: WLOX) The Gulfport City Council must decide what to do with a Mayor Hewes veto of a tree removal plan (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A tree removal fight is back in the Gulfport City Council’s lap.  Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes just vetoed plans to chop down five oak trees. 

The mayor first announced his veto plans last Friday when he talked to the Gulfport chamber.  This morning, Mayor Hewes confirms to WLOX News he took that administrative action because he doesn’t believe the trees near Pass Road and 28th Street should be removed. 

The city council meets next Tuesday.  It will have an opportunity to override the mayor’s decision.  Councilman R. Lee Flowers hopes Mayor Hewes wins this fight. "I was disappointed that the council just caved," Flowers said. He was one of two council members to vote against the tree removal plans. "Absolutely it was a mistake," said Flowers.

Last week, the property owner said he was looking at ways to save two of the trees in question.  He requested permission to remove the protected trees because he needs room for parking in front of his property. Flowers doesn't believe more parking is necessary, especially at that location. "To put more asphalt down," said Flowers, "you can't do that to a community, not when an arborist followed our rules."

According to Flowers, the property owner has indicated to council members he may withdraw his permit request.

The Gulfport City Council is expected to take up the mayor's veto at its December 22 meeting.

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