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Burned Palm Trees and Brush "Suspicious in Nature"

Gulfport Fire Chief James Marenkovic says they are investigating a fire that took place Monday morning on Gulfport Blvd. Palm trees and brush are burned and the Springfest banner is also ruined.

If you drive by Gulfport Blvd. you may notice several burned palm trees and brush across the street from Clymer Park. Gulfport Fire Chief James Marenkovic says the fire is "suspicious in nature and being investigated".

Marenkovic says the first call came in shortly before 3 a.m. Monday April 18, 2011. "There were flames all the way up the palm trees."

Bob Williams with the Gulfport Parks Department says the Springfest banner was also burned and will have to be replaced for the annual event next year. As for the trees and brush, Williams says if the hearts of the palms were not destroyed, they may be salvaged. If not, "we'll get them replaced," Williams said.

Currently, there is no estimate on the cost of the damage.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact the , 727-893-1059 or the Gulfport Police Department's Non Emergency Line at 727- 893-1030.

Thomas Malin April 20, 2011 at 10:19 PM
This is crazy stuff and probably the work of restless youth. However, how did this happen when the Gulfport Police are always on 22nd Ave South from midnight till early morning setting up speed traps. I know because they constantly wake me up with the wail of their sirens almost every night. It is a shame that something like this could happen and we should protect ourselves against such actions. Who knows what may be next to burn. Could be a business or a home, school, church, government building. Stop the noncense. Bring the guilty parties to justice and show no mercy.
Phil April 21, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I so hope they catch who ever did this nonsense destruction and make they pay. Also make them do community service for about a year at least. oh make them wear a sign that says "I am stupid and don't care about anything" forever!

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