Aug 1, 2013 7:23 PM by Caroline Lowe, KSBY News

New chairs and free wi-fi at Santa Maria Public Library plaza

As Santa Maria gets ready to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of the new Main Library downtown, city officials have installed a dozen new chairs in the plaza out front.

The city is also offering free wi-fi in the plaza, hoping it will become a draw for people who visit the library, city hall or other places in the area.

The black, wrought iron chairs replace three benches which became popular with some people city officials said would camp out.

"To encourage more usage here. The benches were looking old and sometimes someone would be using the whole bench, whereas with these individual seats you can get more of a group together," said Mark van de Kamp, a spokesperson for the City of Santa Maria.

The city librarian has not decided yet where to relocate the three benches which were removed last Friday.



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