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Published: Aug 30, 2013 11:01 AM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A tree estimated to be 200 to 300 years old will have to be cut down after it was struck by lightning.
    
It was hit by a bolt of lightning in early August and an arborist was called in after concerned citizens noticed a scar and a brown patch on the trunk.
    
Steve Tonjes, a biologist with the Florida Department of Transportation, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/194DtW6 ) an arborist declared the tree dead.
    
City officials call the tree "iconic." They say it will be cut down within weeks.
    
City Manager Michael Pleus says the city would like a piece of the tree to carve a historical timeline into it. The item could be donated to the West Volusia Historical Society for display.
    
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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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