The reason? An unreasonable rejection of a proposal that would have put the Holiday Road light show in Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg.
The light show, which donates money to charities such as the Special Olympics, proved to be a winning holiday activity for years.
It used to be set up in a Spring Lake Township neighborhood, and then has made stops at Harbor Island and a strip mall in Norton Shores.
Our very own Santa of Christmas lights and music planned to make a stop this year at Coast Guard Park. Some Ferrysburg officials thought the show would be great for the community, which gets particularly sleepy come wintertime.
While many logistics would have needed to be worked out to make the show happen at this proposed location, it could have been a great thing.
But with anything that’s worth anything in this community, there would be inconveniences for some.
The traffic could have been a bear for locals who live along that stretch of North Shore Road. With proper traffic control and planning, this might have been worked out.
There was never a chance to work it out, however.
Opponents proved to be very vocal and vehement in their complaints, and the Santa of Lights himself said he preferred to be a jolly elf, not a grumpy Grinch, and wouldn’t fight.
What that means for the rest of us who really enjoy the light show each year is that we probably won’t see it this season, or maybe not in this area again.
And that’s a true shame.
Bah-humbug on those folks who Scrooged us out of the possibility of finding a way to make the light show a go.
You didn’t even try to find a path forward for holiday cheer.