OUR VIEWS: Wait your turn

Aug 1, 2012

That’s great, except that by early Friday morning, almost every available inch of grass between the sidewalk and the street along the parade route will already be cordoned off with stakes, twine, duct tape and almost anything else short of barbed wire.

This ordinance refers to all public property along the parade route. It doesn’t apply to the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street in front of homes and businesses. You should ask the owners of those properties first before staking claim on their lawn.

Still, even the public rights of way along the parade route are consistently marked off well before the allotted time.

The result is that those who attempt to follow the rules and mark off their parade-watching spots in the legal time slot are left to wander around looking for a few tiny patches of available space.

It’s not fair and it’s not right that those who do things the right way are punished, while those who cut corners are rewarded with the best spots from which to cheer on the Asparagus Queen and the Scottville Clown Band.

We would encourage everyone to wait until the proper time to mark their spots for the parade (and for Saturday night's fireworks show as well).

In addition, those in charge of enforcing these ordinances should certainly do so.

The Grand Parade is a highlight of the Coast Guard Festival, especially for families with young children. Everyone should have an equal shot at claiming a nice spot from which to watch the parade.

How does it look for us to open our community to the thousands who come here to watch the parade and fireworks, only to tell them there’s nowhere for them to sit?

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

Comments

DespisesUninformed

I believe the property lines/corners, in most, if not all cases within the City, are BEHIND the sidewalk. In other words, the property lines/corners are between the sidewalk and the home or business.

So, that being the case, the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street in front of homes and businesses you refer to IS in fact, part of the right of way or public property. This area then, is subject to control by the local ordinance you describe.

matt227

i agree with the article, the city NEEDS to make this an ordinance and then ENFORCE IT! because the city has a "policy" on there website and they do every year so maybe its time to take the next step and make it a city ordinace and enforce it. It's the ONLY way it will get solved for years to come and i do feel bad for the tourists who are SOL and wouldnt be able to get a spot.

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