Residents OK removal of historic Torrey pine in Ocean Beach

A group of Ocean Beach residents has suspended its fight to save a 73-foot-tall tree after an independent arborist concluded the Torrey pine is not healthy enough to be saved.

A group of Ocean Beach residents has suspended its fight to save a 73-foot-tall tree after an independent arborist concluded the Torrey pine is not healthy enough to be saved.

SAN DIEGO – A group of Ocean Beach residents has suspended its fight to save a 73-year-old tree after an independent arborist concluded the Torrey pine is not healthy enough to be saved.

City officials had said the nearly century-old tree at 4652 Saratoga Ave. was in danger of falling, but opponents contended the city hadn’t adequately explained why it had to be taken down.

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“The failing condition of the tree is directly as a result of the neglect, improper maintenance and the unqualified tree service that was subcontracted through the City of San Diego,” Friends of Peninsula Trees – a recently formed non-profit group – said Sunday in a press release.

Last week, the city of San Diego suspended its plan to remove the Torrey pine after an Ocean Beach woman climbed the tree and stayed there to prevent the removal attempt.

It is not clear when the city will remove the tree.