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Residents upset over cut palm trees near Wrightsville Beach Bridge

Several palm trees were cut down Wednesday morning near the Wrightsville Beach Bridge. (Source: Richard Buggeln) Several palm trees were cut down Wednesday morning near the Wrightsville Beach Bridge. (Source: Richard Buggeln)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Several palm trees were cut down Wednesday morning near the Wrightsville Beach Bridge.

NC DOT Engineer Joe Chance said the palm trees were diseased and needed to be removed.

"Instead of taking them and moving them and running the risk of spreading disease, we figure it was best to remove the trees," Chance explained.

Chance said seven of the 19 palm trees were in bad shape. The palm trees were planted by the DOT in 2006 for $6,000.

The palm trees are in the City of Wilmington limits, and Wilmington officials agreed to cutting them down.

Wilmington resident Richard Buggeln is very upset about the removal. Buggeln said the trees are very expensive and should have been better maintained.

"The money was spent, the plants were planted. No one did anything to them," Buggeln commented.

The palm trees will be replaced with live oak trees, which the DOT thinks are better suited for the area. The DOT will pay $3,500 for the new oak trees.

Buggeln said it's a waste of money and more attention should have been placed on the palms.

"It's sort of like if you have a bad child, you're stuck with them you maintain them, you do what you can for them, you don't just get rid of them and tear them down," Buggeln said.  

"We hope that everyone thinks that money's been spent correctly," Chance explained. "Hopefully when we get done with this area that looks rough right now, it will be a real nice area to walk by"

"Will he back here in three years saying we're going to spruce it up you know and make it look good again. It's not going to happen they have no credibility in my book," Buggeln chimed.

The tree removal should be finished in a few days. Officials said they will know the cost of the cut down later this week.

Wilmington also has a plan to put a multi-use path in that area.

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