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Alderman vows more protection after live oak tree cut down

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The city OKs the cutting down of a live oak on a nursing home property. The city OKs the cutting down of a live oak on a nursing home property.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

An old, massive historic Live Oak tree has been cut down on Savannah's south side. Once again, tree chopping is getting city leaders fired up.

This time, however, the city of Savannah was fully aware and gave Heritage Park Nursing Home on White Bluff Road the OK to cut down the Live Oak, according to city alderman Tony Thomas. Thomas said the tree has been a significant and controversial tree in the Coffee Bluff and White Bluff community.

Thomas lives nearby and said he saw the giant oak cut to pieces and uprooted and he immediately made his feelings known. Angered over what he called "senseless destruction of a historic tree," Thomas says the city needs a stronger tree ordinance to save historic oaks before more trees get chopped down.

"I think this is a sin. It's not a shame. I think this shouldn't be allowed and I think there are ways this could have been prevented," Thomas said. "It bothers me the city okay 'd it and it is going to lead to a more aggressive tree ordinance, is my hope."

The City Council discussed strengthening city tree ordinances after several old oak trees were cut down as part of the Truman Parkway project and White Bluff Road paving. 

Thomas plans on meeting with the owners of the Heritage Park Nursing Home next week to keep more Live Oaks from being cut down as the company expands on its property. 

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