A specialized study found that Pindo palm in Panama City suffers an “irreversible decline” for a variety of factors including age, structural deformities, root death and probably lightning strike, according to The News Herald.
Jared Jones, deputy city manager, said the city will likely have to remove the tree soon.
It is a frustrating diagnosis for many. Mike Nichols, inspector of St. Andrews, considers the tree a work of art that “had a wonderful life”.
Experts say the tree is between 80 and 100 years old.
Municipal officials bring ideas to replace the palm tree. The main proposal is to create a wooden sculpture, but Jones says it is open to other ideas.