Decatur Beach Party: Share Your Pix

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Seen this morning in downtown Decatur: preparations for tonight's Decatur Beach Party! Piles of sand were stacked beside West Ponce de Leon Avenue, waiting to be spread on the road once it closed for the event.

for more information about the Decatur Beach Party. The event ran from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Julia Ewen June 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I also recall that during the erstwhile huge "snow event" a couple of years back, Decatur, Avondale Estates, the City of Atlanta and the metro area in general got caught without supplies of sand and salt to deal with it. Why? Because the expense and fuel expenditure invovled in hauling it in, dumping it and stockpiling the sand was deemed not worthwhile. Yet annually it is deemed worthwhile to haul massive amounts of sand into down-town Decatur so that folks can pretend they are hanging out on a sandy beach. There was considerable loss of property due to accidents on the icy roads and even some lives durning the winter storm event for lack of sand and salt. But for a frivolous fundraiser, the money seems to be readily available and without question. Is there something wrong with this picture? Of course human beings are not logical. It is part of our charm and it gets us to fall in love with one another against all evidence against it, doesn't it? Will Rogers said it well: "Horse sense is that faculty that keeps the horses from betting on people." Go figure.
Julia Ewen June 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Perhaps we would have had a better result had the Business Association ordered the sand for the snow storm? And shall we say it is okay to waste nonrenewable resources because the Decatur businesses want to raise money, and it's fun to squeeze sand between our toes? We have lots of other downtown festivals and events that are also fun don't involve all the hauling. I mention the sand issue about the snowstorm to show a problem of values and priorities exists. It's okay to spned what it takes in money and nonrenewable resources for the pleasure of running around on sand in the summer in downtown Decatur, but it is not okay with the citizens of Decatur to spend even that much money and nonrenewable resources on bringing in sand to prevent loss of life and property in the winter. I'm not against people having fun. You are welcome to have your beach party, if you also put sand where it's needed for winter emergencies. But that is not what happens. I'm saying we should cough up what it takes for winter sand supplies, not that you have to cancel the beach party. But if you're not willing to haul and pay for sand in winter, you need to rethink the beach party if you won't rethink your "reasons" not to stockpile winter-needed sand.
Sarah Edwards June 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I can't imagine that the amount of sand brought in for the beach party is anywhere near what would be needed to stockpile for winter weather emergencies. Anyone from the Decatur government have figures?
KamdenATL June 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Seriously? I don't understand the reasons for your complaints. This is a great event for the kids of this community - and yes, the majority of the sand does get picked up by residents and businesses for other uses afterward. It is a fundraiser for the Decatur Business Association - NOT the City of Decatur. Somehow trying to correlate the Decatur Beach Party to local governments not being prepared for a once in a century ice storm is really stretching it.
FM Fats June 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
For what it's worth, I believe Vulcan Materials donates the sand for the Decatur Beach Party. I'm all for being green, but y'all are being completely ridiculous about this. Next we'll hear from militant vegans upset that hot dogs were sold. Perhaps the AA representative can chime in too.


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