City of Punta Gorda, FL

09/13/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2017 15:52

Hurricane Irma Tree Removal

The City of Punta Gorda suffered a substantial loss to its tree canopy as a result of Hurricane Irma. Staff has streamlined the permit process by allowing residents to remove damaged trees without obtaining a tree removal permit. However, the property owner is responsible for providing the information below via email to urbandesign@pgorda.us or by calling Urban Design at 941-575-3372. This will allow staff to document the loss of tree canopy throughout the City.

  • To ensure that the City is eligible for FEMA reimbursement, ALL vegetative debris must be placed in the right-of-way of a residence. The contractor will NOT collect anything placed on private property or on vacant lots.

  • Trees, Palm fronds, branches, leaves, shrubbery, and vegetative debris must be cut not to exceed 4' in diameter or 4' in length.

  • Do not mix with regular household trash and/or construction material.

  • Avoid setting debris against trees, poles, mail boxes, fire hydrants, water meters, etc. Doing this makes it difficult for staff to pick up the materials and impede City services.

  • A special pick up for all storm debris will be made; specific times and dates will be forthcoming.

  • Tree stumps must be removed upon tree removal by stump grinding or other appropriate method. Tree stump hole must be filled with soil or soil and mulch mix to match existing grade.

  • For any tree(s) within 6' of the seawall, please contact Canal Maintenance at 94-575-5071 prior to removing the tree(s) so that staff can complete locates for any tiebacks or dead-men associated with the seawall or cap.

  • Please do not remove, dig or disturb the earth in the right-of-way, please contact Public Works at pubworks@pgorda.us or 941-575-5050 for assistance.