3 In Saint Johns County, neighbors in one St. Augustine community are fighting to keep a piece of history ALIVE. and preventing a new home taking its place. We're talking about this 200-year-old Oak tree, located in the Mission Trace area off State Road 16. The developer who owns the lot, says the tree has got to go, to make room for a new house he plans to build. And as Channel 4's Ashley Harding explains, that has this neighborhood divided. 3 3 00-0613-1836-421'08-1'18 "there's no doubt about it, not only is this tree beautiful ....but the people who live in this neighborhood love it very much. They say it's been here for generations and they last thing they want to see is something happen to it."It stands more than 50 feet tall...it's survived two centuries ...and it could be in danger of being cut down. ///chain saw nats/// That's because it sits on an undeveloped lot owned by Lennar Homes and the company's hope is to build a home in its place.///nats//// Linda Bevon lives next door to the tree and she's been working to make sure it doesn't get cut down. "it'd really break my heart to see something this historic, this old, and it grows! It's not just built, it's grown! It would be very sad to see it go."St. Johns County says last week, Lennar Homes submitted a site plan to build the house...but didn't show the tree as part of that plan. They say they returned that plan...requesting a new one! This time, showing the tree as part of the plan! Plus, an evaluation from a tree expert. ///nats//// Chuck Lippi is a certified arborist who has looked at the tree in the past and says it's in good condition to stay."health and structure are two different things. The tree has good health and structurally it's in good condition too. So there no reason to take it out because it's defective."Those in the neighborhood say they don't have a problem with the idea of a new home being built. They've suggested that the home be built closer to the front lot line.Next week they plan to have a "rally" in support of the tree.Linda Bevan says she and her family have had many great memories at this spot.She says she'll do anything to keep it."my grandchildren have enjoyed being under the tree. We look at the tree at breakfast every morning, but it's not about us. It's about the tree and the community."We have reached out to Lennar for comment, but our calls have not been returned. "that meeting is scheduled to take place next Wednesday night right here under the oak tree. The hope is to gain more support and hopefully, make a difference.Reporting in St. Augustine, I'm Ashley Harding, Ch 4, TLS."