Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching and although it is hard to believe, the Christmas Holiday Season is right around the corner. One of the things that some FGC members enjoy doing over the holidays is decorating the door to their units. This practice has been ongoing for several years. For about three consecutive years, FGC held a “best decorated door” contest and awarded first, second and third cash prizes to the winners. The door decorating contest is no longer held, but many members continue to decorate their door each year.
Speaking of Christmastime – About 2 or 3 years ago, someone stole wreaths off of a number of units doors in one building and one year wreaths were taken from the outside of each building. Shades of Ebenezer Scrooge! Although both incidents were reported to police, understandably, stolen Christmas decorations were very low on the officers’ list of priorities, and as far as we know the culprit was never caught. Bah humbug!
A few weeks ago, Councilmember Bowser and Foulger-Pratt received complaints from some neighborhood residents – outside of Florian Gardens – about the early arrival of dump trucks each morning and the noise and disturbances they cause. As a result of those complaints, trucks are now restricted from arriving at the construction site before 9:30 A.M. This is all well and good from one perspective – it cuts down immensely on the morning noise. However, the down side of the matter is that delaying the early arrival of the dump trucks merely extends the completion date of the project. As much as many FGC residents resent the pending arrival of Walmart in our neighborhood, the fact is that the project is moving forward like a runaway train and the likelihood of stopping it now would be like plugging a leak in a levee with a bottle cork.
Whether we like it or not, we sometimes must consider the words of Benjamin Disraeli, “In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.”
Happy Thanksgiving FGC members!