One local resident Carol Kearins was indignant and idiotic:
"They have no proof that a resident cut those trees. It could have been drunken idiots from somewhere else."
Yeah, sure honey, drunken-yobs keep turning up out of nowhere, conveniently carrying axes, randomly cutting down mature trees, which, by happenstance opens up an uncluttered view of the ocean for many of the residents.
Council couldn't contain itself ...
(Neither could the sub-editor, going by that heading.)