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Eagle Scout candidate works to increase visibility of Waving Girl

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A teenage Eagle Scout candidate has finished phase one of his project to allow ships to see the historic vision of Florence Martus, but he's not done yet.

If 17-year-old Jack Novack has his way, he'll be clearing more trees from Morell Park, making the Waving Girl visible to all entering the Hostess City from the Savannah River.

Moving the Waving Girl Monument to improve its visibility may be out of the question, so Novack, with help from the Propeller Club and Contractor, cleared four trees from the interior of where the Waving Girl sits in the park.

Novack's plan for phase two would remove at least four more trees and possibly all of the remaining trees.

Novack said he has had permission from the Savannah Tree Foundation so far, and the city said they will take his plan into consideration.

"Savannah has a reputation as a hostess city, and Florence Martus is a major part of that, and so I think this is very important for Savannah's reputation as a hostess city," said Novack.

"We don't really have anything at this point to agree or disagree with, so we, I guess, anxiously await that plan," said Savannah Tree and Park Director Jerry Flemming. "We'll look at the plan, make recommendations as necessary, until there is a plan that is approved."

The City Park and Tree Department said they review all plans, so no decision has been made on any more trees being cut down just yet.

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