|Guevrekian, Sara (Commissioner)
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Sent: 9/30/2015 3:06:17 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: please consider bringing back Christmans tree sales to downtown
Dear Mayor, Vice Mayor, Commissioners and City Manager,
please consider bringing back Christmas tree sales into downtown. It would draw many people, as it did years ago, and add excitement to all that is going on in the culinary arts district. You could build mini-events around this for five weeks before Christmas, possibly inviting the neighborhoods to participate (Christmas Caroling, cookie bake sales, tree decorating contests etc.)
For several years Main Street partnered with Hart-T-Tree Farms, a very reputable company with many lots in the tri-county area. The tradition could continue with the Kiwanis Club replacing OPMS as the beneficiary of a financial contribution.
Water and electricity would be required. The lot south of NE 38 Street and N. Dixie Hwy. is already outfitted with an FPL panel--and is the preferred location--however, the company would gladly pay for the installation of an FPL electric panel on the lot north of NE 38 for the tree sales, or to move the weekly market there.
The lot would be operated from the week before Thanksgiving to December 24.
I discussed this entire proposition with Kathleen Margolies in a meeting at City Hall four weeks ago, but have not heard back as yet. And since time is running out, I thought it best to take it directly to you for a discussion and decision. I am encouraged to bring this forward because the City now puts up a huge Christmas tree, right in front of City Hall, and brings the holiday spirit into downtown with festive lights on 12 Avenue, not to mention the wonderful Christmas concerts!
Please let me know what your decision will be so that Hart-T-Tree Farms and Kiwanis can move forward together and start the permitting process. If you wish to talk to the company's principal directly, please see her contact information below.
Owner and Director of Retail Operations
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