OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - "It's a sad thing. Things happen; I'm not going to ask for anybody's head on a platter. People do make mistakes," Wood said.
"Somewhere along the way when they marked these trees, a dead tree was left unmarked and one of the living trees that we were going to allow to stay was marked," Ross explained.
But Ross doesn't want to play the blame game.
"Someone was doing their job when they marked the trees; Someone was doing their job when they cut the trees. I'm willing to let the buck stop here."
Ross said he sees enough of the blame game in national news and is willing to take the fall for this issue so we don't see it here. He said the county plans to move forward by planting three new trees. And that's a move neighbors, like John Wood, can appreciate.
"One of the reasons I moved here was because it was pristine, untouched, a sanctuary," Wood said. "My wife, my dogs, we love it."