Seminole Heights gets more trees:
Four 'little gem' magnolias are taking root on the front lawns of homes on East Fern Street in Seminole Heights. Over on Miami Avenue, more than 10 magnolias, red maples and winged elms are the newest landscape eye-candy.
The greenery, within the city's right of way, is from a free city-sponsored tree planting program promoted in the neighborhood with a little help from the nonprofit Old Seminole Heights Preservation Consortium.
'It's a nice partnership,' said Peter Spanos, the consortium's tree committee chairman.
Spanos said he hand-delivered about 100 letters asking residents if they wanted trees. About 20 people responded. An email elicited even more tree requests.
In the next weeks more than 80 homes will receive about 100 trees.
In September many residents were horrified as swaths of tree canopy were cut away by contractors with Tampa Electric Co. TECO officials said it was a public safety issue to get tree branches away from overhead power lines.