Jeff Romer, who was contemplating buying the lot, asked city officials what his legal responsibilities were regarding the tree, the News-Press reported.
"All I was doing was my due diligence on the lot," he told the Fort Myers Beautification Advisory Board at its last meeting. "If I'm allowed to touch the tree, trim the tree, prune the tree ... because I don't want to be liable if the tree falls over onto the neighbor's house."
The city’s public works department approved the tree’s removal in December, and in February the beautification board discussed spending $13,000 to cut down the tree, the News-Press reported.
That led to Cooper’s wedding ceremony, attended by 50 witnesses. Cooper and several other women dressed in white vowed to honor and protect the tree, the News-Press reported.
In an email, Fort Myers city spokeswoman Stephanie Schaffer wrote, "The City is moving forward to save the Snell Park ficus tree. Every day City employees care for the trees and plants that give our city a sense of community and shared history."
Still, Cooper is fretting about the ficus.
"If they cut down this tree, I'm going to be a widow," she told the News-Press.