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Westport First Selectman Seeks Delay In Removal Of Longshore Trees

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe. Photo Credit: File Photo

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe has asked for the temporary delay in the removal of the 15 trees at the entrance to Longshore Club Park.

"Since this is a new issue for me and my administration, Westport Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay will prepare for my review a written report outlining his analysis and confirming his recommendation that the trees be removed," Marpe said in a letter on Friday, Dec. 27. "I have the utmost confidence in, and respect for, Mr. Lindsay, who recently came to Westport with excellent credentials in this field. However, in view of the importance of this issue and the discussion which it has generated, I have requested that Mr. Lindsay temporarily delay the tree removal and to prepare this report. Upon receipt and analysis of the report, which of course will be shared with the public, I will determine the appropriate next steps. It is anticipated that a public meeting will be held to review the Tree Warden’s analysis and recommendations."

Marpe recalled in the letter that the Longshore trees were initially planted 20 years ago and there are now about 75 younger trees lining the entrance.

"Most recently, in September 2013, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy brought this matter to the Parks and Recreation Commission, which had a public meeting to discuss the need for the tree removal," Marpe wrote in the letter. "I look forward to receiving Mr. Lindsay’s report soon and sharing it with the public.”

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