City Denies Permit to Remove Oak Trees from Notre Dame D'Haiti, New Church in Limbo

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Michael E. Miller
What is it about trees?

Terrence Malick's award-winning, foliage-filled movie Tree of Life has been plagued by walk-out audiences and at least one crazy crackhead.

Now Notre Dame D'Haiti's long-awaited expansion is being uprooted by opposition to the church's plan to cut down nearly a dozen oak trees -- some 150 years old.

The Herald reports that the city has denied Notre Dame's request for a permit to remove eleven of the trees.

City of Miami code director Sergio Guadix told the paper that the permit was rejected because 7 of the 11 trees slated for removal are "live specimen oak trees" of more than two feet in diameter.

After we broke news of the controversy last Thursday, the post received more than two dozen comments -- most in opposition to tree removal. While most were concerned with the century-old oaks, some comments, such as "Haitians hate trees," were inaccurate, xenophobic and, frankly, unhelpful.

"We are the ones who have been taking care of the trees for the longest," pointed out Rev. Reginald Jean-Mary last week.

"I understand the concerns of the citizens. They have a right to protest," he said. "But we are citizens. We pay our taxes. And we have a right to build a church."

"We are not going to remove any trees without a permit," Jean-Mary added.

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Ppfuchs
Ppfuchs

Since I was recently featured in another of the New Times' articles about the Archdiocese of Miami, I want to provide a rather recondite but important comment from one of my former professors, the eminent biblical scholar John Meier, quite apposite for this discussion:

""Yes, says Philo in a splurge of poetic exhuberance, the sabbath extends freedom to all kinds of trees and plants inasmuch as no one...is allowed to touch [them] on the sabbath." ---John Meier, A Marginal Jew, Volume Four, p. 247

100+ year old trees
100+ year old trees

Anyone ever seen photos of Haiti? Those people hate trees. They've cut down almost every tree they can reach.

NE 62nd Street and NE 2nd Avenue. Former Girls School.

100 to 150 year old oaks must be saved.

Let the mega church move to be closer to its customers in Miramar and Broward County.

Recent tenant shows disrespect
Recent tenant shows disrespect

Haitian Jean-Mary is not accurate. (He is lying.) The trees have been on the site for 100 to 150 years. The site was a farm, a family homestead and then a girls school. The classrooms are still on the site. The church and it's customers are very recent arrivals.

Mr Jean-Mary is lying. He does not pay taxes. His neighbors pay taxes, he does not.

The current tenant should show some respect for nature.

Need2 Know
Need2 Know

"We are the ones who have been taking care of the trees for the longest," pointed out Rev. Reginald Jean-Mary last week.

Trust me , rev, the trees get along really well without your help.

"I understand the concerns of the citizens. They have a right to protest," he said. "But we are citizens. We pay our taxes. And we have a right to build a church."

But you don't have a right to destroy historic, old growth trees.You reverend, are an arrogant ass.

MoreTreesPlease
MoreTreesPlease

Hooray!  Common sense prevails.

"We are the ones who have been taking care of the trees for the longest," pointed out Rev. Reginald Jean-Mary last week.

So you then want to cut them all down?  Stupid.

y francois
y francois

we are not cubans so we do not deserve a good church. best thing to do, is to unseat some of those cubans thugs, who plain and simple have nothing to do with black.

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