Conscientious owners and builders are now including certified arborists on their development teams.

Colee Hammock is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, having originally gotten its name from an actual hammock — a closed canopy ecosystem of tropical hardwood trees. It was named in the city’s early days for James Louis Colee, a civil engineer who purchased land in the area in 1981. In a nod to the hammock, the emblem of Colee Hammock features a live oak tree. A Broward County ordinance, in effect since 2000, preserves and enhances this natural, environment, by protecting indigenous trees from being removed and helps to maintain a healthy and sustainable landscape.

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