Palm Coast giving away trees to those impacted by tornado

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To assist residents who were directly impacted by the Dec. 14, 2013, tornado, the City of Palm Coast will have a free Starlight Tornado Tree Give-Away on Saturday, April 26, at two fire stations in the affected areas.

This special event – open only to those residents whose homes were damaged by the Starlight Tornado – is in addition to the citywide Tree Give-Away held each year at Palm Coast’s Arbor Day Celebration.

The special Starlight Tornado Tree Give-Away will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Fire Station 23, 5750 Belle Terre Parkway, and from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 24, 1505 Palm Harbor Parkway.

Free seven-gallon tree
Each residence that was damaged by the Starlight Tornado will receive a seven-gallon tree, free of charge, to help families restore the beauty of their yards. Residents must show proof of address to pick up their tree. There will be one free tree given per household.

“The city knows that it will take some time to recover from the tornado’s effect on landscaping and trees, and we want to help residents replace the trees they lost,” said City of Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini. “With this special tree giveaway and our regular tree giveaway at the Arbor Day Celebration, we are taking steps toward restoring the beauty of our damaged neighborhoods.”

The city also will be giving away trees, while supplies last, at the annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 9 a.m. at Central Park in Town Center. Trees will be given away at Arbor Day in exchange for a canned food or pet food item.

Anyone who has questions about the tree giveaways can call Urban Forester Carol Mini at 386-986-3722.

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