Historic oak trees could fall if the city proceeds with reconstruction of John Anderson Drive to solve flooding and safety issues.
But for now, the project -- which has been on the drawing board for several years and is two-thirds through a nearly $700,000 engineering design -- has been put on hold because residents are objecting to a potential loss of more than 100 trees from Granada Boulevard to Sandcastle Drive.
City Engineer John Noble said trees along the right of way, including 30 hardwoods and more than 70 palm trees, will be cut under the current design. A meandering sidewalk would avoid some trees if owners grant easements. Mitigation, requiring tree replacement elsewhere, is part of the plan, Noble said.