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Myrtle Beach OKs cutting down ‘landmark tree’

Myrtle Beach, SC -

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Appeals has decided to move forward with cutting down an estimated 80-year-old tree in Myrtle Beach, despite some opposition from area residents.

The 30-inch oak tree, located along 6th Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard, has grown into an adjacent property in recent years and now interferes with a proposed construction project in the area.

Officials said the owner of the lot approached the Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Appeals for permission to remove the tree and gained approval to do so earlier in the week. Options such as trimming the tree were also taken into consideration when making a final decision.

"Trimming the crown [of the tree] would be essentially cutting the tree, because so much of it leans into the next lot," city spokesman Mark Kruea said.

As a compromise for removing the tree, city officials have pledged to replace the oak with seven 4-inch caliper trees in the surrounding area.

The 30-inch oak has gained landmark status under a tree protection ordinance in the City of Myrtle Beach. Officials believe the tree is an estimated 80 years old.

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