Surrounded by the beauty of a maritime forest, Southern Shores has long lured buyers to its shaded roadways and old-growth trees. But as the town has grown, public officials have become concerned about safety and maintenance as trees crowd roads and root systems damage them.
Now the two views are colliding as the town moves ahead with plans to upgrade streets and cut down trees that stand in the way.
Plans for Fairway Drive and the intersection of East and North Dogwood Trail have been part of the town’s capital improvement strategy since 2008. But the specifics were not drawn up until recently.