City: We’ll Remove/Relocate Some Early Parade Chairs

Every year, the city of Lakeland asks Christmas parade spectators to wait until at least the night before the parade to put chairs along the route, and every year their requests are ignored. This year the city says it’s going to remove or relocate some of the chairs.

“We will remove/relocate chairs that are totally blocking the sidewalk or that are in the way of crosswalks and hindering the use of disabled parking spaces,” the city communications staff wrote late this afternoon in a Facebook post.

The reaction from the city’s Facebook followers? Most commenters feel the city isn’t going far enough.

“Or how about just no chairs and do it the old fashion way. Stand and watch!” Adena Kniss wrote. She added later: “And some were in the road due to the wind today!”

“Honestly, chairs shouldn’t be allowed period until a certain time the day of. Maybe if people’s chairs start disappearing, they’ll quit doing this,” Julie Kight Ferguson wrote.

Rick Visco wrote: “I don’t see the point in saying don’t put out chairs if it isn’t being enforced. Very simple. Just remove any and all chairs put out before allowed time or just make a new rule you can put out your chair when you are there to sit in it. Then it’s truly first-come first-serve.”

Carrie Kotal said a bicyclist crashed when he didn’t see a chair-saver’s rope blocking a sidewalk access: “Please don’t put ropes across where people need to access the sidewalk. A bicycle rider didn’t see someone’s rope and it caused him to crash. Luckily he wasn’t hurt.”

Early chair placement got love from only a few commenters, including Robin Horton Sechrest: “Leave the chairs alone. Merry Christmas everyone. Enjoy this time of year, spread joy and good cheer!”

And the chairs did spread joy and good cheer to Laura Jordan Payne: “I watched a dog lift his leg on a few chairs while I was sitting at a red light today. I giggled a lot. 🐾🙌🤷‍♀️”

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