South Daytona man angry over tree-trimming

FPL forces tree to be cut because of power lines

Published On: Dec 06 2012 07:00:29 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 04:53:57 PM EST
SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. -

A South Daytona man says he is mourning the loss of a tree he planted more than 20 years ago after a tree-trimming company cut off half of his tree because of power lines.

Sid Park told Local 6 tree trimmers with Asplundh trimmed his tree on behalf of Florida Power & Light with the goal of making sure the limbs wouldn't be a risk to power lines in a storm. But Park says they might as well have taken down the whole thing.

Park said he planted the the 50-foot Norfolk Island pine tree decades ago and before the tree grew too large he used to decorate it every year for Christmas with his son. That's why to him it's more than just a tree.

"We'd just decorate it like an outdoor Christmas tree put lights on it and bulbs on it," Park said. "It's heartbreaking when you raise something for 22 years."

The service trimmed the tree to make sure there wasn't a threat to the power lines.

"They pretty much destroyed my tree in the process of trying to clear a little half-inch line," said Park.

FPL's website says tree trimming around power lines is a preventative measure to ensure quality service.