Jul 3, 2014 9:22 PM by RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY News
People flock from all over the state just to take part in the Cayucos Fourth of July festivities. Many people have been setting up chairs, some almost a week early just to get that good spot. For some local residents, it's taking the fun out of their Fourth of July.
Jan Lewis has been a Cayucos resident for more than 40 years now and has seen first hand the love affair with the Cayucos Fourth of July celebrations grow. She said "this is a small town and having seen the parade evolve over the years, I actually enjoyed it more when it was like 4 or 5-thousand people."
Seeing chair after chair after chair being set up in her small town is taking a toll. "(It's) an unsafe situation, people are having to go around the chairs on the street, bicyclists. They're just a hazard," Lewis said.
At a Cayucos Citizen's Advisory council meeting Wednesday night many locals voiced their concern. "They seem to be in agreement that something needed to be done," said Lewis who attended the meeting.
She said the council is discussing some sort of ordinance of when chairs can be set up to take to the county supervisors.
For small business owner Kathy Slavodnik, she said Monday was a little early to be setting up chairs in front of her business. She said "they block pedestrians and make them go into the street, I am really aware of that, and that's really dangerous." But overall she supports all the visitors. "Generations of families have come here just for this parade, just for this week so it's really fun, I love it," she said.
But for long time resident Jan Lewis, she said what used to be a small town tradition has now turned into locals just leaving town for the holiday. "It's just too much. Our community is too little to have all these people come in and start setting up camping on our streets."
Lewis said the Cayucos Citizens Council is working quickly to get something to the county supervisors to make sure something is done before next years Fourth of July events.
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