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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Illicit tree removal takes out power lines at Jeffrey Gate

An attempt to cut down a palm tree, instead took out power lines at the Jeffrey Gate off Griffin Avenue on the Historic Side of The Villages.

Four white Duke Energy bucket trucks were on the scene Wednesday afternoon making repairs to the power lines.

Duke Energy personnel attempt to make repairs where the palm tree came down near the Jeffrey Gate.
Duke Energy personnel attempt to make repairs where the palm tree came down near the Jeffrey Gate.

Access through the Jeffrey Gate was blocked by Lady Lake police patrol cars, due to the fact there were live power lines on the ground at that location.

Apparently, the homeowner, who lives in the 500 block of Tarrson Boulevard near the Jeffrey Gate, had not obtained the proper permit to remove the tree, according to town officials.

The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m.

The tree removal was being performed by Shorty’s Tree Service.

Officials said the homeowner will likely be billed for the repairs.

The Villages’ fence was also damaged by the falling tree.

Although you do not have to have a permit to remove a palm tree in other areas of The Villages, you must obtain one if you live within the borders of Lady Lake.

The Villages fence also came down with the tree.
The Villages fence also came down with the tree.

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