DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- A tree estimated to be 200 to 300 years old will have to be cut down after it was struck by lightning.
It was hit by a bolt of lightning in early August and an arborist was called in after concerned citizens noticed a scar and a brown patch on the trunk.
Steve Tonjes, a biologist with the Florida Department of Transportation, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (
http://bit.ly/194DtW6 ) an arborist declared the tree dead.
City officials call the tree "iconic." They say it will be cut down within weeks.
City Manager Michael Pleus says the city would like a piece of the tree to carve a historical timeline into it. The item could be donated to the West Volusia Historical Society for display.
Steve Tonjes, a biologist with the Florida Department of Transportation, told the
Daytona Beach News-Journal an arborist declared the tree dead.