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Posted on: August 30, 2023

Cleaning up after the storm.

  • Be particularly mindful of safety when clearing trees and yard debris. 
  • Contractors that you hire to do work, such as tree-cutting and fence work, are responsible for debris removal.
  • Don’t bag your yard/storm debris. Please bag your leaves.
  • Cut limbs and trees so that they are no longer than 5 feet in length, 6 inches or less in diameter, and weigh less than 40 pounds. 
  • Place your debris near the street, but not on the street. Don’t place debris over water/gas meters, cable/phone boxes, under low-hanging tree limbs, under utility wires, or near mailboxes.
  • Don’t put full sandbags with your trash; they will not be picked up. 
  • Please be mindful that it may take the City more than a week to remove the excessive amount of debris from Idalia.
  • Removing or trimming trees? We love trees in Atlantic Beach. If you are considering removing a tree, please visit www.coab.us/trees to determine whether a permit and mitigation are needed. Email trees@coab.us with questions. Make sure a qualified line-clearance arborist treats big trees, especially if they are near electrical wires. Major pruning to alter the tree’s structure should not be done at this time. Trees use energy stored in the wood to recover from damage and produce new growth, so the least amount of live wood possible should be removed. Info: https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/treesandhurricanes.
  • Know your contractor. Disasters bring out the best in people and the worst in people. Please be wary of who you are doing business with. We strongly recommend that you vet and do business with a licensed contractor.

Questions? Email info@coab.us or call (904) 247-5804.

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