January 22, 2022

Construction causes Christmas events postponement on Peninsula

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Don’t blame Scrooge.

Because of continued concerns over the Delta variant and other circumstances, Santa on the Peninsula events have been cancelled.

According to an email blast sent out by the Peninsula Neighborhood Association and signed by members of the Santa on the Peninsula Committee, Braden and Susan Phillips, holiday events have been put on hold until 2022.

The association traditionally hosts six holiday activities, including a neighborhood Christmas tree, holiday lights, a mailbox for Letters to Santa, a painted Santa for photographs, holiday social, and an in-person visit from Santa.

“It was an unanimous decision of the board to cancel the events,” association President Dave Huff said in a phone call. He said he was disappointed and hoped for a better 2022. “We are using an abundance of caution regarding everyone’s health and safety.”

In past years, 62nd Place at Chrisman’s Landing has been the site for the annual visit of Santa Claus to the Peninsula.

The cancellation notice to residents explains that the Chrisman’s Landing office building is undergoing renovation and is surrounded by scaffolding, enclosed in protective mesh.

“Even though the site is clean and well-maintained, mixing kids and construction sites is never a good idea from a safety perspective,” the note states.

As a result of the construction, there is no electrical power for the tree nor the lights. Also, the city has plans to remove bricks along the bayside edge of the brick plaza to identify the cause of the periodic sinkhole failures and make permanent repairs, the note said.

“The current plaza area is just not safe for an evening event with kids,” according to the PNA email.

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