ATLANTIC BEACH HERITAGE TREES
There are certain areas of Atlantic Beach that contain trees or vegetation of special value and concern, and areas areas of such great social, cultural, historical, ecological, environmental or economic significance that they may warrant added measures of protection.
As such, section 23-41 of the Atlantic Beach Code of Ordinances addresses “historic corridors and heritage trees).”
The City of Atlantic Beach has designated nine Heritage Trees between 2015 and 2021. The first designated tree was removed due to lightning strike. All trees are live oak's with one tree hugging a cypress tree. Over 550 diameter inches have been designated.
According to the City of Atlantic Beach Tree Protection Code definitions, Heritage Trees on city-owned property (parks and rights-of-way) are “any tree determined by the City Commission to be of unique or intrinsic value due to its age, size, species, and/or cultural, ecological or historical significance or some other contribution to the city’s character, specifically including all Cypress, Live Oak and Magnolia trees with diameter 30 inches or greater.”
Although a Heritage Tree designation does not prevent a tree from ever being removed, it makes it more difficult and costly to remove. Protected trees must be mitigated at a rate of one inch for every two inches removed; a Heritage Tree must be mitigated at a rate of one inch for every inch removed.
Interested in applying to have your tree designated as a “Heritage Tree”? Here’s an application.
For additional information, contact the Planning and Community Development Department at 247-5817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.