I have unrest with the trees

Just got off phone with Operation STOMP. They mean business. It appears that ‘tree gate’ is not only happening in Long Beach, but a plague that is county-wide. Perfectly good trees are being knocked down, only to be replaced the wrong way and uncared for. Check out their website which highlights so much wrongdoing, in what I consider to be the destruction of Nassau County, all in the name of money.

County Road Seaman’s Neck Road (Seaford, Wantagh) – Before & After, 176 Trees Destroyed (2014). Photo Credit: Operation STOMP
County Road Seaman’s Neck Road (Seaford, Wantagh) – Before & After, 176 Trees Destroyed (2014). Photo Credit: Operation STOMP

Our situation in Long Beach is different……..but kinda the same. We had Sandy and salt water to deal with. Tree replacement was necessary, but looking around it’s so evident what a hot mess it all became.

  • No trees should have been planted after May 15th.
  • Watering has not been enough.
  • ‘Volcano mulch’ effect has the trees rotting. What might look like a good tree now could soon be dead. [LINK]
  • Trees were not watered as they were being planted.
  • Will the support sticks holding them up be taken away after a year or will they be left to choke to trunks? I see this allllll over Nassau County and it drives me F***ING CRAZY.
  • There is probably more to add to this list, but all I can think about is how I’m so happy it rained last night despite the flooding (sorry folks who got flooded).

I kinda don’t give a shit that these dead trees are insured. It’s a complete waste of taxpayer money and a primary example of what’s wrong with government. How about we plant them the right way to begin with?

I’m worried that groups such as Operation STOMP won’t be taken seriously, but they should. From what I can tell, they are a very passionate group of individuals, many who live in LB, with the sole purpose of saving and helping trees in Nassau County. We should welcome them with open arms. More tress are coming this fall, but will they be planted the right way?

Seabythecity will continuously post updates as well as info as to how we can move forward as a community to work together to help save these trees! Stay tuned! After all, Long Beach is the beach, gardens, parks, dead trees and community. Ok, my rant is over.


A tree dies in Long Beach. Operation STOMP to the rescue?

deadtreeLong Beach is the beach, gardens, parks and dead trees.  

Yes, we are going through a bit of a drought, but that doesn’t fully explain why our newly planted trees are dying. No trees should have been planted after June. In fact, our city should have waited until the fall. What about the plan to water them? Just walk around the city and it’s fully evident that it’s all a hot mess.

Operation STOMP, a community-based, grassroots (treeroots?) organization based on Long Island, dedicated to preserving and saving trees across the county spoke at our past City Council meeting. They expressed their disgust on how our city handled the tree re-planting. You can follow much of this conversation over at Project 11561 or Operation STOMP facebook pages, but here is the gist of it: 

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “This past Tuesday, we STOMPed down to Long Beach, to observe the first phase of the large scale tree planting effort which began earlier this Spring, to offset the devastating impact Sandy had on trees within the storm-ravaged City. We were extremely disappointed after conducting our random sample review of many blocks throughout the region. Twigs were in poor health, many leafless and dying, mulch volcanoes present, and we found there was no systematic watering plan (or maintenance schedule) assigned for a project of this scope and scale including over 1,500 trees. We spoke at the Council Meeting, and will post the video shortly. Nassau is a large County, and, as we travel throughout its neighborhoods, we realize how important it is to have an independent group such as STOMP assisting with matters such as these–leaving the responsibility of trees to the municipality (that changes via the nature of politics) or a contractor that may not always be the best fit (or held to performance standards), often does not produce the best results, the public and trees often losing. ‪#‎savethetrees‬‪#‎keepitwatered‬ ‪#‎keepitgreen‬ ‪#‎operationstomp‬

There is a lot more. Let’s go down Long Beach tree memory lane with Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP as our guide:

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “In February, the city unveiled its Master Tree Replanting Plan to restore the aesthetic of tree-lined streets. Close to 2,400 trees that were dead or substantially damaged were removed after the storm. The plan calls for 2,700 new trees to be planted, representing a greater variety of species than before — a total of 52 species, officials said, including American elm and red maple.

Barbato Landscaping began the work last week, and excavation has already been completed on most of Beech and Penn streets, as crews prepare the ground for the new trees, officials said. But some residents questioned whether the company was up to the task. Last year, the council passed a resolution stating that Barbato was in breach of a $333,000 contract after the company failed to complete the reconstruction of the Georgia Avenue Playground by May 30.” #thisisnassau

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP This tree pit included a volcano mulch design, against industry standards as the packing of mulch near the base of the tree can cause rotting. It is also leafless and bare. This twig was recently planted. 


Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP There were many street trees in this state; leafless, bare, leaning, no watering, mulch pits left untouched.


So what happens now? Well, we are still getting more trees this fall. Follow Operation STOMP for updates on this matter. I will try to keep up and post here as well. In the meantime, Operation STOMP has offered some tips on how to keep our current trees healthy:
“in terms of the watering discussion, just some basic watering facts taken from our friends at Casey Trees, especially for new trees: “A newly-planted tree needs 25 gallons of water per week to survive. During late summer we often have weeks without rain, which would deprive the tree of the water it needs to secure its root structure. A tree with a weakened root system is at higher risk of fatality during periods of severe weather. If by some miracle these trees did survive they may not ever recover from the trauma suffered in their youth, leading to stunted growth and a less robust canopy.” [Posted at Project 11561]
OPERATION STOMP: A community-based, grassroots organization based in Long Island, New York, dedicated to preserving the hundreds of trees presently unprotected and at-risk lining countless County Roads throughout Nassau County. You can find out more about them at www.operationstomp.com


Get yer hoses out and let it run for a good five or so minutes. Sprinklers aren’t enough. Oh boy, it’s been hot these last few days. The more trees Long Beach has, the cooler we will be. It’s so important to keep these things alive! We need these trees. They have nothing to do with the hospital not being open or your neighbor not being home. Apples and oranges. Quite complaining, just go out and water!

Thank you Project 11561 for the photo:

A dying tree in Long Beach - Posted on Project 11561
A dying tree in Long Beach – Posted on Project 11561

Trees: Some are asking what kind are they getting. Plus ‘watering’ info.

Tree Scene at E. Walnut & Monroe Blvd. Saturday, June 6th
Tree Scene at E. Walnut & Monroe Blvd. Saturday, June 6th

Some are wondering what kind of trees they’re getting on their block. You can refer to the City of Long Beach Tree Replanting Master Plan, although I am hearing (and kinda seeing) how some blocks are getting more than one type which doesn’t correlate with the master plan. Who cares! I am just happy to see some trees being planted!

Since it’s already June, it’s going to take a lot of water to keep these things alive.  A LIRO rep told me several weeks ago how a 5-gallon bucket of water every other day should suffice. Long Beach will water your tree, unless you want to do it yourself. In that case, please refer to the Resident Tree Watering Information:

“If you are willing to maintain and water the new tree in front of your home, we will mark your tree pit location with a colored stake which will indicate to our DPW personnel that they can skip your location and move on to the next tree. This assistance by City residents will not only save money but prevent the potentially dangerous overwatering of our new trees.

To those residents willing to take on the watering of your new tree, thank you. You will be providing a great service to your community. Please contact the Department of Public Works at 516-431-1011 and we will add you to the “Residential Tree Maintenance” list. [LINK]

Playground, Skatepark & Trees! Oh, my!

A lot of beautification is happening in Long Beach. Be it in the form of new parks, rebuild playgrounds or trees. I am hearing all sorts of things, but would love some feedback from those who have first hand experience.


I am hearing reports that holes are being dug up with dirt/sand and being replaced with new dirt. White spray painted circles will indicate where your trees will be planted., most likely not where your old trees were. Expect to have less trees than before.  A reader named Larry chimed in with this good info:

“You see markings for sewer, water and gas lines to the houses on your block, the hole diggers are a couple of days behind them. Only warning we got. No signage, calls etc.”


I love this skatepark idea. I think it’s going to be a big asset for our city, residents and visitors alike. The 2nd Skate Park Public Engagement Session was conducted on March 31st. The next day the Help Long Beach get a new skatepark group asks the following:

“We are in search of any one that has connections to concrete, rebar and dirt. Donations or better costs are very much appreciated. If we can cut the costs of these things that’s more money to go into the park! Any info would help!

Shouldn’t there be leftover dirt from the tree replanting? Contact Barbota Landscaping.

Pacific Playground:

There is some controversy whether or not this park should have sand, but I must admit, I do love the natural aspect of Pacific. What’s a little sand in your shoes? That’s our way of life here in Long Beach. Did anybody attend the Pacific Playground focus group last night? I would love to hear about it.

Here is a photo of some lens flare, which has nothing to do with anything above: 2015-04-01 19.12.42

Trees. A whole lot of digging going on [YAY!]. Residents are not being given proper warning [Boo!!]

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The good news: Trees are being planted around our city. Well, holes are being dug up.

The bad news: Residents, particularly those on W. Beech Street, were not given proper notice of the digging/planting. I have heard this first hand from a resident who has digging going on in front of their house as I type this. Well, eventually the planters will get their act together. Glad to see the trees coming in.

A Message From The Department of Public Works

We are pleased to announce that as part of our continued recovery from Superstorm Sandy, Long Beach has commenced its citywide tree replanting program. More than 2,700 new trees are scheduled to be planted throughout the City.

As the project gets underway, we would like to remind all residents of the importance of complying with all parking restrictions posted by the Long Beach Police Department. When instructed, cars must be moved from designated parking areas to allow the tree planting effort to move smoothly and without delay.

Once again, we are happy to be delivering this exciting news and look forward to the project’s completion.

For further details about this project, you can view the City’s Tree Replanting Master Plan and Presentation here: http://bit.ly/19M8jYQ

A reader asks: WHERE ARE MY TREES?

2015-03-28 11.11.05Q: Where are my trees?
A: They are coming! At a recent very special city council meeting on March 24th, our city:

“authorized to enter into a contract with Louis Barbato Landscaping, Inc., Holbrook, New York for the furnishing and planting of approximately 2700 trees and all associated incidental work, in accordance with plans and specifications on file in the Office of the Commissioner of Public Works, at a cost of $1,390,385 [LINK]

Planting should begin in April and be done in June. Here is the entire plan so search your block to see what you’re getting: Tree Replanting Master Plan (subject to minor changes like no more Black Japanese Pines)

Trees: I’m Confused with this Barbota Bid [Opinion]

I apologize for a very confusing post. I’m confused as well. I might have to make corrections… but I think I’m right. Somebody help!

There’s a lot of conversation going on via social media regarding Barbota Landscaping: The winning bidder for our tree replanting, who were the same company that was in Breach of Contract last summer with the Georgia Park rebuild.

The weird thing with this whole story is how a week after our city declared them in breach of contract, they won a contract for planting trees in New Jersey (at a much lower price, by the way) [LINK], which was then cancelled [LINK]:

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So NJ hired them and fired them? Now LB hired them, fired them and is rehiring them? The question that everybody seems to be asking is this:



The Timeline:

1. July 15th, 2014 agenda [LINK]:

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2. July 15th, 2014 proceedings [LINK]:

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3. July 24th, 2014: New Jersey Hire [LINK]

4. November 17th: New Jersey Fire [LINK]

5. March 24th, 2015 Special City Council Agenda [LINK]:

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A very special City Council Meeting regarding trees on March 24th. Plus let’s talk Pinus thunbergii !!!!!!

city_sealThere is a very special City Council meeting on March 24th regarding trees (and emergency repairs to a standpipe). I want trees! I need to see some trees! I cannot wait to get some trees! I am so depressed when I don’t see any trees!

From the agenda:

“authorized to enter into a contract with Louis Barbato Landscaping, Inc., 1600 Railroad Avenue, Holbrook, New York 11741 for the furnishing and planting of approximately 2700 trees and all associated incidental work, in accordance with plans and specifications on file in the Office of the Commissioner of Public Works, at a cost of $1,390,385. [LINK]


Since we are on the topic… about those Japanese Black Pines [Pinus thunbergii]:

“Japanese black pine had been among the best species for planting along Northeastern seashores until about 1990. The species has suffered from insects and diseases and has fallen rapidly in esteem [LINK]

Are these the same Japanese Black Pines that are in our Tree Replanting Master Plan? (A big thank you to reader ‘Joe’ who pointed this out)

Edwards Blvd Grant: Downtown to the Boardwalk Resilient Connectivity. So many questions!

This is what you currently see when you travel down Edwards Blvd from the LIRR to the beach:

2014-11-15 12.03.43YUCK!

With that, I was happy when I first heard about the Downtown to the Boardwalk Resilient Connectivity grant that was announced October, 2014 by Governor Cuomo [LINK]. This funding is for 68 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects across New York State. Our ‘City of Long Beach’ share is $1,063,851, which, according to our city, will be used for Edwards Blvd:

The proposed project, covered by this grant, will transform one of the major boulevards in the City of Long Beach, Edwards Boulevard, into a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly thoroughfare that includes elements of resiliency and green infrastructure.Edwards Boulevard is the gateway to the beach from the Long Beach multimodal transportation hub. [LINK]

So exactly for what?  Green infrastructure? Bike & Pedestrian projects?

This grant is specifically for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects. Are we just talking proper bike lanes and a wider sidewalk? Does it really cost $1,063,851 to repave this small stretch of street with some blacktop and a few painted lines? I would love to see the final vision our city has planned.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 10.20.14 AMAlso, what about the trees? According to the Tree Replanting Master Plan, that stretch of Edwards Blvd will be getting  the following:

  • Amanogawa Cherry – lining the sidewalks (pink dots).
  • Japanese Black Pine–  median south of E. Beech to E. Broadway (black dots).
  • Red Maple – median north of E. Beech to E. Park Ave (red solid line).

Since green infrastructure was mentioned, Does this grant cover the cost of these specific trees? I would just hate to see trees planted, only to be torn down later for this greater vision.

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While I have no idea when work will begin, this grant is specifically for tourism. Edwards is the path between the LIRR and Beach/Boardwalk. I know some of you are going to cry about the privately owned vacant hospital or paid firefighters, but this grant has NOTHING to do with either. Let’s just all be happy that a section of our city will be given a major facelift. Be it for tourism, but as a resident I’m happy to see potential beautification improvements and you should too. I personally don’t care what part of town gets the  attention. The better Long Beach looks as a whole, the better it is for all of us.  What would you folks like to see this money used for regarding this project?

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UNRELATED TO THIS GRANT: Edwards Blvd will be getting a bathroom on the boardwalk. While that has nothing to do with this NY State grant, it’s just another example of changes that will be coming to that thoroughfare. The location of this bathroom is perfect for the LIRR crowd from NYC. Pee here before you get on the train.