WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - For safety reasons, experts said a centuries-old tree had to come down, which upset some who have come to enjoy the view and shad the tree provided.
"It's had its share of bumps and bruises and lightning strikes," said Kefi's Restaurant owner, Philip Andrews. "It is still a viable part of the community."
The tree is located on property that belongs to the law firm of Ennis, Newton and Baynard.
Don Ennis said about two months ago, a large limb - the size of a smaller tree - broke off that could have seriously injured or even killed a pedestrian.
Arborists were called out to look at the tree and discovered it was decaying inside, so they determined it had to come down.
Andrews believes more could have been done to save the old tree.
"I hate to see it go," said Andrews. "It's sort of a landmark. Most people who have come to Kefi or anywhere in the neighborhood know this tree."
Ennis provided the following statement in regards to cutting down the tree:
As much as we love this tree and the others on our property, we could not risk the serious injury of death that could result if another limb or the entire tree collapsed.
According to Ennis, the law firm is paying thousands of dollars to remove the tree from their own pockets.