Several residents have expressed their disappointment with plans to remove coconut trees along the Rudy John beach in Laborie.
But an official from the Laborie Town Council said that the coconut trees pose a threat to both tourists and locals, who often times visit the beach.
The official, who asked not to be named, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that a tourist was recently injured after a coconut from one of the trees fell and hit him in the head.
In an effort to avoid this from happening again, the town council with the permission of the National Conservation Authority (NCA) decided that they will remove a few of the coconut trees.
However, residents said that removing the trees is not the best way to prevent this from happening. Some of them have suggested that the town council place warning signs along the beach.
One resident said, “There are many houses situated along the beach front and they all are disgusted with the decision. Does that mean that the government will be removing all the coconut trees in SLU?”
Another resident, Mrs. Collinson, told SNO that the coconut trees are the main attraction for the local beach and residents are upset with the move. She said it is a landmark and should be kept that way.
A notice has been placed in the area informing residents that all 27 coconut trees will be removed.