Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Parade canceled? part II
Since people have been in a shoot the messenger mode lately I won't add much to this North County Times article by Adam Kaye. Click it, read it, then leave an angry comment on the NCT website.
Fate of Encinitas Christmas Parade in question
From the article:
Typically, the city hosts the event, but that changed in January, when the City Council agreed to hand over responsibilities to the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. A leader of the chamber, however, said Monday that the business group might not have the resources to produce the parade this year.
"The question is, will we be able to put together an adequate level of funding and will we be able to tap into a large enough volunteer base," said Gary Tucker, chief executive officer.
In January, when the City Council set its goals for the year, chamber representatives offered to take control of the popular parade, which attracts dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators to the route through downtown Encinitas. Council members were supportive; the chamber produced the parade before the city incorporated in 1986.
The council never actually voted to stop producing the parade, but in May approved a city operating budget that includes no money for it.
In recent years, Encinitas had budgeted $37,500 to cover security, waste-collection and other costs associated with the event.
Tucker said the chamber does not plan to ask the city for money.
"There's no question about our desire to do it," he said. "There's a question of whether we do it this year or next year."
In my opinion even considering not having a parade in 2007 is completely unacceptable, especially after all the name change drama.
Leucadia Blog: Encinitas Chamber of Commerce in over it's head, Parade canceled???