Clarification on festival spot marking, please

Mark Brooky • Aug 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Robert of Grand Haven wrote, “I saw a troubling incident at the parade in Grand Haven recently when a family was booted off their properly reserved spot by a homeowner on the parade route — because it was his property and they were not invited guests. He claimed his property went to the road. It's hard enough for our tourists to find spots, as large areas seem to be taped off in most front yards. But doesn't the city property go to the sidewalks? I'd like clarification to these people that like to ‘play god’ with city property.”


City Manager Pat McGinnis offers this clarification on the spot-marking rules for the Coast Guard Festival’s Grand Parade and fireworks show (so remember it for next year!):

“For purposes of our spot marking policy, individuals are permitted to claim a spot along the city right of way or river as long as they are consistently present up until the deadline (12:01 a.m. Friday morning). We consider an adjoining property owner ‘present’ when they mark their spot; they live or work at the property and are therefore ‘present’ for purposes of our policy.”

McGinnis said a check of the parade route on Friday evening and Saturday morning before the parade (Aug. 5-6) found many spots still open. He said people were still able to come downtown Saturday morning and find plenty of available spots with a great view of the parade.

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