It's almost that time - get those BBQ's shined up, beer on ice and your place decorated in red, white and blue. It's just three more days!!!
So some general housekeeping and such.....
Over the past couple weeks I have had a number of conversations with the City of Burien about the event. The bulk of these discussions around the kids parade and street closure. Some rather significant concerns were raised that I wanted to communicate to everyone so everyone can help make this a happy and safe 4th.
As background, on the 4th the strip on 172nd is closed for local access only and emergency between 8:00am and 11:00pm. Then between 2:15pm and 2:40pm the street is completely shut down for our long-standing tradition, the kids parade (following the flag raising ceremony). The conditions for which we are issued the street closure permit are as follows:
Over the last couple years there have been some residents in the community who have complained about our street closure - I will say that I think it's warranted too. What folks have complained about is number 1 above - mainly objects being left in the street, like picnic benches, bikes, etc. Whether the complaints are warranted or not, whether things were lift in the street or not - it really doesn't matter......
We are officially under the microscope of the City of Burien and any future street closures on the 4th of July now depends on how this year goes.
This really wasn't a threat by the City - it was more of a heads up. They think what we have is really special but we just need to make sure we do our part and self patrol this thing.
So really when it comes down to it, a successful event and the 3TP community doing our part boils down to the following two things:
What the City of Burien allows us to do on the Point for the 4th should be viewed as a privilege. Of course they know it benefits the broader Burien, Seahurst and Normandy Park areas, but much of what we do is at best in the grey, as a matter of law.
Just a few stupid people can ruin it for everyone so please help us out so we can continue our incredible tradition. If you need help with someone or something, you will probably find me in front of my grey house with green door or near the Manola's cabana wearing cut off jean shorts and drinking a Rainier beer.