OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Frustration continues to build with residents of Lovers Lane over the oak trees. Findings from new surveys provided by the city of Ocean Springs continue to show that one tree in particular needs to be removed, and residents are not happy.
"The things that the city's bringing up, nothing's changed. This tree has been the same position on the same road for a period of time, since the road's been there 40, 45 years or more," said Lovers Lane resident Ken Altman.
A public meeting back in September addressed the fire department's concern that the low lying tree causes a delay in the ladder truck's response time in the event of an emergency. Since then, several new surveys have been conducted, and they also prove that the tree may need to be removed.
"The people that live on Lovers Lane seem to be unanimously against the action the city takes. I'm certainly hopeful that the city changes its course and does not go forward with the recommendation to remove the tree," said Altman.
Residents are up in arms over the new findings, and are urging the city not to take it down.
"Most of all we have to preserve the very things that set us apart from everyone else. If we wish to continue to market our city in these ways we have to value and protect the things that make us special," said one Ocean Springs resident.
Along with the fire department's plight, an arborist hired by the city said the tree was unhealthy and leaning, giving it the potential to fall.
"From what the building officials have to say and Mayor Moran has suggested, it's all but a done deal from the city's standpoint. I'm very hopeful that the members of the board reconsider that," said Altman.
Mayor Connie Moran said the board will take these latest comments into consideration along with the survey findings. She is not sure when the board will make a decision.