JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Dangerous trees marked by the city are still standing, even after city leaders told us they would be coming down in SIX weeks.
Jim Colney is frustrated. There are three dead trees on his street, marked with an x. It's the sign of a dangerous tree that needs to come down. "We're concerned not only for us, but for the kids who make their way to school every day up and down this street," said Colney.
A dangerous tree in Jacksonville has already paralyzed one local teen. After months of neighbors complaining to the city, a limb from a dangerous tree fell on Aubrey Stewart. That was in 2011.
In February of this year, Action News asked city leaders how many dangerous trees were left in the city. They told us none. That's when Colney called us. It didn't take us long to find 3 dangerous trees on his street, all marked with an X. A spokesperson for the mayor's office told us on February 27, those trees would be down in 4-6 weeks. A full six weeks later, and look, they're still standing.
"We waited six weeks, we've been patient, and watched the trees be remarked,' said Colney.
Then there's a fresh stump, just down the street that was just removed Wednesday. "A block away, surely they were coming here. they didn't," said Colney.
So we called city leaders to find out what was going on. The only response was an email, saying the trees would be taken down by Friday. Colney says he'll believe it when he sees it. "The disappointing point is we feel we're being ignored and it's not right," said Colney.
When we talked to officials in February, they also told us they were improving efficiency by taking down trees in same area of town on the same day. That didn't happen with the removal of the tree around the corner from here Wednesday.