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In March, Asi Cymbal hired me to consult with him about the possible relocation of a large African Rain Tree along the New River. As the Arborist for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, I have more than 40 years of arboricultural experience and truly love trees. Asi spoke of his desire to expertly preserve the historic African Rain Tree as well the 75 other trees on the property. He said environmental conservation was an important part of any of his development projects.
We arranged to meet at in Fort Lauderdale near where the Water Taxi is based. I immediately recognized the Pirate’s Republic from years ago when I visited the Museum of Discovery and Science with my children. I remembered that the water and the railway fascinated them. We toured the property and that’s when I saw one of God’s most spectacular gifts – this magnificent African Rain Tree.
While Asi spoke of the wonder of this tree I told him it would be very expensive to move the tree. He was neither discouraged nor surprised. He assured me that he and his business partners – who live on the edge of a forest and similarly interested in protecting all of the trees on this site – prized the tree and would safeguard it at all costs.
During the course of several meetings I learned that in addition to relocating and preserving the Rain Tree, the development group planned to preserve and relocate many of the other trees on the property and even donate several to a variety of local parks. As an arborist, you can imagine I was pleased to hear that.
I counseled Asi to find a reputable company that specializes in giant tree moving and preservation and introduced him to Paul Cox of Environmental Design. Environmental Design’s specializes in this field and I have worked with them in the past. I found the company to be incredibly professional; they have patented technology that offers a high success rate of moving trees such as the Rain Tree and preserving them. During my 40 years as an Arborist, I have met many so-called professionals and there are very few would with whom I would associate my name and reputation.
We also talked about the need to move the high-tension wires on the property before moving the tree Asi said he was already talking to Florida Power and Light on a plan. Asi impressed me with his understanding of the many variables that needed to be considered before undertaking a development of this magnitude. He is driven by excellence and expects the best of himself and of those around him. I am honored to be part of the team on this community.
I find Asi Cymbal to be genuine, fair and truthful. I believe he cares about the environment and trust that he is true to his word. He will safely preserve our African Rain Tree as well as preserve the other 75 trees on the property.
Bob Brennan, Certified Arborist Fl-1059-A
President Brennan Consulting Inc.
President of the “Tropical Arborist Guild”