Tree Planting Project has residents divided in Myrtle Beach neighborhood

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach City Council met yesterday to discuss an issue that has residents divided in the Emmens Preserve neighborhood near The Market Commons.

The residents in Emmens Preserve was developed by Lennar. Years ago, the City of Myrtle Beach originally approved a plan that involves Lennar planting hundreds of Elm and Oak trees along the streets.

But a minority of residents have said they do not want the trees because of landscaping concerns. So, Lennar gave the city a revised plan that took away hundreds of trees from their original plan.

The Myrtle Beach City Council met Tuesday, but did not come to a conclusion after discussing the issue.

Carl Siversten lives in the neighborhood, and he says the reasons used by those against the trees is all personal. "We're in a negotiated stage where some people want the sun to shine in their home," Siversten said. "They don't want leaves to rake in the fall, they don't want their sprinkler system to be uprooted by the landscaping... which are very personal problems.

The City of Myrtle Beach said in the meeting Tuesday that it would meet again in two weeks to discuss how to solve the problems they're facing on both sides of the tree-planting project.

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