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Surprise! An Ike-killed tree in Galveston that was carved into a geisha is now a sculpture, and its owner is subject to a $10 annual fee to put it in the public right-of-way. That’s upsetting to Galveston resident Donna Leibbert who feels that a tree that was fee-free always should be, dead or alive, carved or au naturel. She argues that the city is "going after pennies" (there are only three carved tree in public right of ways) and that the sculptures are a tourist attraction.

also by Bill Davenport
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