Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone
By an edhat reader
Marborg has cut 11 large healthy eucalyptus trees in the coastal zone and it exposes their industrial facilities. The city gave a permit to cut trees but it's unsure what the reason was. Permits to remove this many mature eucalyptus trees must be done with a reason explaining why the trees require removal.
The address is 23 S. Quarantina Street (at the corner of Quarantina and Quinientos). There are multiple addresses associated with this site and it’s highly unclear - 10 S. Quarantina, 620 Quinientos...
The eucalyptus trees also served to block some of the noise and dust that’s generated by the MRF (material recovery facility - fancy term for concrete and asphalt crushing equipment). The dust that becomes airborne is loaded with silica, a known carcinogen.
The MRF and MarBorg’s other operations were set up between 2004 and 2013 when the zoning was M-1 Light Manufacturing. None of these land uses were legal, so MarBorg Industries and Lash Construction had the zoning changed to Industrial (I) to suit themselves. There is another cement company involved called Cemex, which is one of the largest businesses in the world, and on the Department of Justice and EPA list of top violators.
Additionally, MarBorg does not provide parking for their army of employees and the city has claimed they are not required to do so as the municipal code doesn’t have a requirement for their type of land use.