A Miami-area palm tree has been transplanted into the streets of Miami after a decade-long struggle to be taken down.
The tree has now been transplants into a new home, and will remain in the streets until April 2019, when it will be removed.
It will remain a protected tree until 2031, and the city will only take down trees that have been in the city’s parks for 10 years.
Miami-Dade County Supervisor Mike Alvarado said the tree was a favorite for the public because it has been used for more than 10 years and was not subject to a mandatory reclamation fee, making it more accessible.
“It’s really important to have a protected canopy,” Alvarada said.
“There are a lot of trees out there that are really just being neglected.”
The tree was donated to the city in 2012, when the county began a $1 million restoration effort to transform the historic Fort Lauderdale area.
The work was meant to restore the surrounding landscape, but it quickly became apparent that some trees needed to be saved.
Alvarado and the Miami-Dadacain County Conservation District agreed to work together to get the tree moved to the new home.
The city also donated $250,000 for the relocation.
Alvarados said the city and the conservancy have spent about $2.3 million to bring the tree to the South Beach.
The tree was removed from the streets and the surrounding area of Palm Beach Gardens around 2 p.m.
“There’s a lot to get done in the process,” Alvalo said.