City Promises Oasis Palms Won't Block Views
Neighbors who live above the new Oasis Center have one less thing to worry about after City Council members agreed not to let King Palm trees grow tall enough to block ocean views.
The trees, worth between $50,000 and $60,000, caused some homeowners in the Harbor View Hills South neighborhood to worry that they would grow and block views. The City Council discussed the issue at its July 6 Study Session.
"Slowly but surely, my view of old Corona del Mar is diminishing," said Jim Digrado, who lives on Sandcastle Drive overlooking the senior center that is being built at Marguerite and Fifth avenues. "My view has slowly diminished because of city trees."
Project architects, landscapers and city staff members told council members that they were able to buy 26 King Palm trees from a San Diego estate. The trees average about 30 to 40 years old with a lifespan of 70 to 80 years, and while in their native Australian rainforest they might grow to 40 feet, locally they likely would not grow taller than 30 feet.