Huge crane used to remove massive Torrey Pine in Point Loma
by SCOTT HOPKINS
Published - 06/18/19 - 11:30 AM | 2089 views | 3 3 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dog-walking neighbor Bonnie Chalkeris stands next to a section of the Torrey Pine's trunk after it was removed. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
Dog-walking neighbor Bonnie Chalkeris stands next to a section of the Torrey Pine's trunk after it was removed. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
slideshow
The sight of a crane's boom raised nearly 100 feet in the air over a Point Loma neighborhood on June 17 drew stares from onlookers and passersby alike.

The crane from Bob's Crane Service in Lakeside was brought in by Atlas Tree Service to remove a tree.

But this was no common tree.

A gargantuan Torrey Pine that had grown many decades, was brought down, perhaps due to safety concerns, by four area property owners.

With a trunk measuring five feet in diameter, the tree grew from a point near the common corners of four separate lots between the 900 block of Catalina Boulevard and Temple Street.

Crews arrived at 8 a.m. to begin the task and finished taking the tree down by about 4:30 p.m. Huge pieces of the trunk were left on the street and a median that separates the homes from the main lanes of Catalina Boulevard.

A representative of Atlas Tree Service said the pieces, some weighing tons apiece, would be removed the next day and taken to a company that cuts them into firewood – lots of firewood.

The cost of the project, likely in five figures, was split by the four property owners, according to a neighbor.

A worker pegged the cost for the crane alone at $550 per hour with two diesel support truck/trailers, other trucks and a crew of about a dozen needed to perform the work.

One worker, who awed neighbors dubbed "Spiderman," jumped about effortlessly in the highest branches of the tree cutting limbs with a chainsaw and working his way down.

Workers with radios communicated with the unseen crane operator as increasingly huge pieces of the tree were lifted and swung over nearby homes, leaving some residents uneasy.

Some residents speculated the tree may have been planted by local historical figure Katherine Tingley who led Lomaland, a Theosophical commune from 1900 to 1942 on what is now the nearby Point Loma Nazarene University campus.

Comments
(3)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Robert Burns
|
June 19, 2019
I have never heard of such a thing outside of a condominium development: "A gargantuan Torrey Pine that had grown many decades, was brought down, perhaps due to safety concerns, by four area property owners." The public is entitled to know more than "perhaps" as the reason for killing the tree. If this was in the coastal zone, a special permit may be needed.

Larry Rosefeld
|
June 19, 2019
Yes and what the law forbidding cutting down torrey pine trees.
Sarasee
|
July 01, 2019
The tree had been traumatized multiple times in recent years due to storms taking out giant branches. It was very old and was found to have dry rot. It was a safety hazard and had to be taken down. We waited as long as we could because It felt like a part of our family and we are grieving the loss of this beautiful giant. She was witness to so much and gave my sisters and I many shady summer afternoons filled with happy and sad memories. Home feels like something is missing now that she is gone.
Comments are back! Simply post the comment (it'll complain about you failing the human test) then simply click on the captcha and then click "Post Comment" again. Comments are also welcome on our Facebook page.
Trending