Sixteen trees that had blocked the view of a Rollings Hills couple will be removed and 14 others cut back or thinned as part of a settlement that resolves a two-year dispute, the Palos Verdes Peninsula News reported.
Rolling Hills residents Pamela and Curtis Reis of 1 Wagon Lane had complained to the city that trees on Christine Greenberg's property at 32 Portuguese Bend Road blocked their views of the ocean and city lights.
The City Council passed a resolution in October calling for the removal or trimming of trees on Greenberg's land to restore the views. But Greenberg filed a lawsuit in November challenging the resolution and naming the city and the Reis as defendants, the city's news release said.
The property owners recently agreed to a settlement of the lawsuit that called for the cutting down of 16 trees, reducing the crowns of six others, and thinning eight more to create a view through the foliage, according to the Peninsula News. The date for completion is April 8.
“We are pleased that the parties have found common ground and have worked out their differences by way of a private agreement," said Rolling Hills City Manager Anton Dahlerbruch in a statement.
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