Thursday morning — 13 days after residents and business owners were stunned to see more than 100 trees chopped down in Ybor City with no notice — Tampa's Parks and Recreation Director Greg Bayor went before the City Council with a report to address questions that angry council members asked more than a week ago.
But the answers from Bayor and Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) leader Vince Pardo only spurred more questions.
Bayor apologized for the seemingly random act, but said his department was in regular consultation with the YCDC for more than a year regarding the plan to replace trees in the historic district. He said the removal was necessary due to disease and decline, and that some trees were causing the sidewalks to buckle.
Bayor said the hope was to replace all of the trees with olive trees, but there weren't enough available, so crape myrtles and palm trees will also be planted.