- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A property owner has abandoned plans to take down five live oak trees at a Gulfport commercial development in the face of a veto threat from Mayor Billy Hewes.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1OZaWJ1 ) that Gulfport’s City Council voted 5-2 to allow the tree-toppling plans of Dennis Barber.

But Hewes announced Friday during his annual speech to the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce that he planned to veto the council’s 5-2 vote allowing Barber to take out the trees for a parking lot.

Hewes and two council members said they didn’t want to set a precedent by allowing the tree removal without a demonstrated need.

Barber’s office building already has parking in the rear. Barber said front parking would make the building more marketable.



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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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