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Dozens Of Palm Trees Removed For Being a ‘Hazard’

Dominion Energy began removing about 30 palm trees in Bluffton’s Historic District. 

The project, which began in April, was necessary because the palm trees were touching electrical wires and posed a threat to safety and uninterrupted power, the town of Bluffton said. 

“Dominion Energy representatives have made it clear these trees are a safety hazard to everyone near them as well as Dominion employees who work on the lines,” interim town manager Scott Marshall said. 

The trees were planted in the 1930s as a memorial to fallen World War I soldiers, a news release said. Marshall said staff researched the possibility of relocating the trees, but the project would “cost more than $25,000 with no guarantee the trees would survive.”