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Cape resident outraged over palm tree removal

Posted at 7:07 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 20:09:14-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral man turning to Four In Your Corner, frustrated that city crews were removing a palm tree from his yard. 

The City of Cape Coral was digging in on a master plan to build ten miles of new sidewalks. But this new project didn't sit well with homeowners William Tomsick.

"This morning at 7 o'clock, we heard this bang, bang, bang" said Tomsick. 

He woke up Wednesday to a full-out construction site on Southeast 46th Lane. The banging sound he heard was his palm tree in his yard being torn out of the ground.

But Tomsick said that he didn't hear from the city about his palm tree being torn down, or about the construction. 

"They didn't even knock on our door, they just started knocking down one of our palm trees." 

The city told Tomsick on the day of construction that 20 feet from the street is the right of way, because Tomsick's palm was within the 20 feet - the city was allowed to remove it. 

He believes the sidewalks are needed in the neighborhood, but also believe homeowners should be notified about the project. 

When Fox 4 reached out to city officials asking if it's notifying homeowners that their property may be affected by this construction,  a representative said the city usually will send notices to homeowners advising them to move the palm trees by a certain date.