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To The Editor:

I would like to applaud the city for being so bold as to put forth such a toothless, ambiguous plea regarding the practice of reserving spots along the parade route. Unless definitive guidelines are set forth and, more importantly, enforced, that’s really all this is, a polite request.

Even if specific time guidelines and exact locations are established and approved, how can the city justify paying overtime for workers to travel Ford Street the night before the extravaganza to remove contraband and/or tow vehicles? Where, for how long, and at what cost will the city “temporarily store” any such items? Realistically, what planned maintenance and upkeep are scheduled for the evening before the parade?

When weighing the peril of losing a $15 lawn chair versus having one of the few spots at which the parade is actually worth watching, it has been evident for years that many observers are willing to take the risk. Leave residents their traditions because when it comes to the parade, honestly, what else do they have?

Brian Smith


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