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Key West woman protests cutting tree by climbing it

MiamiHerald / Emalyn Mercer didn’t hesitate Wednesday morning when she woke to the sound of chainsaws outside her home.

When she realized the city of Key West workers were there to cut down a pair of mother-in-law’s tongue trees at 701 Catherine St., at the homeowner’s request she did what she believed was the next right thing.

“I climbed up in the tree in my pajamas,” Mercer said. Her husband brought her a ladder, which she used to make the climb.

There she sat for at least two hours and by the day’s end, the chainsaws were gone. But Mercer expects them to return.

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