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City and protesters reach temporary tree agreement

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CORONADO (CBS 8) - A temporary resolution is reached in a neighborhood dispute that drove one man up a tree. A Coronado man spent the night in a tree to protest the city's plans to remove them. For now -- they'll stay up, so he came down.

"I'm Dan'l Steward, I'm a reluctant tree hugger," he said.

If you build it, they will come. In this case, if you climb it, they will watch.

"There was only one recourse that I saw to preserve the trees, so I am here," protester Dan'l Steward said.

Retired Navy SEAL, Dan'l Steward, spent the night tethered to a century-old Eucalyptus tree in front of his Coronado home to stop the city from cutting down a piece of history.

Young and old, a group of roughly 50 supporters rallied at the foot of the tree Tuesday morning.

"They're so beautiful and not only do we respect," Coronado High School junior, Cheyne Ostrander said.

They're objecting to the city's decision to remove four old-growth trees. To give you some perspective, Woodrow Wilson was the President when the 100 year old trees were planted.

"We're concerned because they've been here since 1971," Coronado resident, Tom Watson said.

Officials say there is a risk of the historic trees' large branches falling and causing damage to the 100 block of E Avenue, which is known to residents as, "the street with the kissing trees."

Steward says the city should have discussed the plan with neighbors and developed a "Plan B" to replace them, instead of making a sudden executive decision behind closed doors to cut down two Eucalyptus trees because of one resident's complaints.

Steward and another man decided to come down from the trees after some good news from the city manager.

The city won't cut down anymore trees until a plan is made during the next City Council meeting during the second week of October. Meanwhile, the men say they will climb back up if there is no resolution.

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