CdM’s Holiday Decorations Won’t Include Shooting Stars

posted: November 29th, 2012 11:17 am | 2Comments

A city arborist put the kibosh on plans to add icy blue shooting star decorations on palm trees along East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce president Linda Leonhard said at a Business Improvement District meeting today.

This summer, the B.I.D. board approved spending about $5,000 on the stars, which would have been attached with rubber brackets to the palm trees near the Marguerite Avenue intersection; read our earlier story here.

The city’s arborist worried that the stars would damage the trees, Leonhard said. Hanging the decorations from light posts and other poles wasn’t uniform, she said.

“So we killed it,” she said.

“They were going to put them in crazy places,” said Bernie Svalstad, the Corona del Mar B.I.D.’s chairman. The stars wouldn’t look good, he said, and the B.I.D. would have to pay to store them, so instead they plan to ask for reimbursement or credit.

The B.I.D. group pays for the holiday decorations, which include a lighted Christmas tree, grapevine reindeer, bows and garlands that wrap along street lights. The garlands will be added after the Christmas Walk, when the village banners are changed from Christmas Walk banners to Happy Holiday versions, Leonhard said. The budget for the decorations is about $30,000 each year.

In June, the group considered but eventually rejected proposals to add lighted animals, which would have cost $17,585.16 including installation, storage and removal services, as well as 10 fiberglass “presents” for under the tree at a cost of $9,690.42; read our story here.

2 Responses to “CdM’s Holiday Decorations Won’t Include Shooting Stars”



November 29th, 2012

Less is more...


November 29th, 2012

I hate those big tacky red bows.

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