Historic Live Oak tree to be cut down to make room for RV storage facility

A 36-inch Historic Live Oak tree will be cut down to make room for an RV storage facility on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake.

The Lady Lake Commission on Monday evening heard the proposal from Discount Mini Storage of Lady Lake LLC for the Villages RV Storage at 650 S. U.S. Hwy. 27/441. The RV storage facility would include 152 storage sites on 8.38 acres.

The removal of multiple trees has been requested, and most of those trees are diseased and decaying.

This Historic Live Oak tree will be cut down to make room for the expansion of an RV storage facility.

However, the 36-inch tree is healthy and thus required special consideration from the Lady Lake Commission. That tree is located in a place considered essential for the construction of the storage facility.

The owner of the business indicated four other Historic Live Oaks would be preserved at the site.

“Everybody knows my position on historic trees, but in this case, because of its location, I don’t have a problem with it,” said Commissioner Paul Hannan.

The commission agreed unanimously to the removal of the healthy tree.

Lady Lake commissioners have a long history of standing up for trees. Last month, commissioners rejected a plan for expansion of The Villages Regional Hospital Auxiliary Foundation’s Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe because it called for Historic Live Oak Trees to be cut down.

Lady Lake has been designated as a Tree City for many years.