September 13, 2022

Karl Puckett, The Beaufort Gazette

Will this landmark tree in Port Royal be saved?

A meeting to hear an appeal of the removal of a landmark live oak tree in Port Royal — which last month sparked a backlash among residents and a stop-work order — has been postponed to give attorneys more time to try and hash out the dispute.

On Aug. 25, Emily M. Nellermoe with the South Carolina Environmental Law Project filed an appeal of the OK of the tree’s removal, arguing it didn’t meet all provisions of the town’s tree removal ordinance. The appeal was filed on behalf of resident Elizabeth Bergmann, who requested that the town stop the work Aug. 10 after seeing that the tree was being pruned in preparation for removal. The town agreed.

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