Published: Aug 23, 2010 4:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2010 1:32 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Residents in Key West are at odds on a divisive city issue: Coconut palm trees.

City commissioner voted earlier this month to remove the coconut palm trees lining North Roosevelt Boulevard and replace them with "another variety of tree or landscaping."

A Key West spokeswoman said the trees are expensive to maintain and must be trimmed regularly, especially before hurricane season, so that the coconuts do not became a hazard to cars and pedestrians.

Critics of the decision say the trees have historic significant and only grow in certain parts of Florida.

The city said trees will be replaced with a similar type of palm.