PTC 'asks' residents to wait on July 4 stakeouts

Wed, 05/16/2007 - 9:34am
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Recreation Department issued the following news release just after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning:

For Immediate Release: May 15, 2007

City Asks Residents To Change One July 4th Tradition

Time honored traditions that evolve from a community’s special events are usually embraced and encouraged. Those attending Peachtree City’s annual 4th of July festivities are asked to change one established habit.

In the past, residents have laid claim to their favorite spot to watch the evening fireworks display by laying out blankets, anchored to stay in place until they arrive. The problem is, because crowds are becoming larger each year and favorite spots more scarce, the blankets are showing up early – even the day before.

Blankets anchored on the grass for hours can kill the grass underneath. Blankets anchored around City Hall Plaza can hit underground utility cables and cause outages or injuries.

Last year, there was significant damage to some grassy right-of-ways. The unattended blankets also have raised complaints from residents that show up at a more reasonable time to claim a spot only to find hundreds of blankets and chairs out with no owners anywhere in sight.

Festivity organizers asks that no blankets be laid before 3 PM on July 4th. While a “no-save” rule would be preferable, residents will have to follow their own honor system. If this issue becomes a persistent problem, other measures may be considered in future years.

Registration for the 4th of July parade begins June 1st for Peachtree City residents and businesses and June 8th for Fayette County entries. For more holiday information, call the Recreation Department, 770-631-2542 or check out the website,

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Submitted by dj1425ga on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 8:52am.

I for one do not beleive laying a tarp or Blanket out saves you anything. They should be looked at as trash. If I left a blanket at the lake any other day it would be considered trash and thrown away. I think the city should mark out places at the lake and sell the spots on the day of the event. This way the city can recoupe some of the money. Also it would stop all the fighting. I for one will not let a blanket stop me from picking a spot. We get to the park around 5:30 and there are blankets every where but no one there. I have never heard of such a think or met anyone that thought you should be able to save a spot for days or even hours with out someone being there.

Submitted by Roadrunner on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 10:20am.

It reminds me of people who have others save a space at the front of the line while they miss out on the waiting part & just show up when the doors open, tickets go on sale, etc. PTC could handle this like most stores now do and let people wait in line to get a number, then a few hours before the fire works let people into a roped off viewing area in the order of their numbers. If you want a number you wait in line with the rest. If that's too much troouble, PTC should just remove any unattended blankets or tarps up to the evening of the 4th and break people of this rude habit. Just my .02 (two cents).

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 9:15am.

It's been that way for years, and I don't see the big issue. I wouldn't mind seeing the reserved blankets being limited to PTC residents and guests, but I don't see how to enforce that.

You put out your tarp, you take your chances. We had a friend who had one stolen this year that was right beside ours. We were further down the path in the trees along the lake.

All in all, good times again this year.

Thanks PTC.

Submitted by sageadvice on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 11:07am.

So you are OK with reserving a space with a blanket?

Will never understand that attitude or rudeness!

I may lay one out at some sale, first in line, and see if it is still there the next day! Even if it was still there I would actually feel ashamed to take "my place." What kind of gall is that? Pilot, maybe?

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 11:46am.

To answer your questions.

Submitted by wildcat on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 3:32pm.

Actually, I haven't been a few years (out of town), but will be home this year and have decided not to go because I'm old and don't like crowds.

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 4:30pm.

It is a chore to go that is for sure.

If you stay at home the lovely angels that people have here will be setting off fireworks and shooting moontraveler rockets at people on the cartpaths. Also if you live near the nature preserve (that's PTC talk for swamp land) the teens usually set that on fire. Lots of action.

Hey, since the cops and their parents don't care, I guess it is a good thing. In the past 2-3 months we have heard many coyotes, or wild dogs yipping back there. This year could get interesting. I'm betting on the coyotes.

Submitted by wildcat on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 7:08pm.

I live in Brooks, and don't really have neighbors, so no one will be shooting at or near me!! I know what you mean about the coyotes....we've got a lot out here (foxes too). If I'm lucky the Camp Thunder guy won't contact me for rappelling help on the 4th and I will have the entire day to myself! I volunteered during a "generous" moment, or was it an old age moment? Who knows! !

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Submitted by masked08 on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 2:59pm.

I believe people were warned last year too. Removal was threatened but the city did not follow through. I predict wide spread blankets this year also since they know nothing will be done.

Submitted by sageadvice on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:16am.

Is the 3:00 PM blanket time for eastern standard, or maybe for Chinese sundown? That would make it sometime the third of July.

Whatever you ask it won't apply to some. They insist on it. Same bunch who gits drunk andf stand in frunt of you at the amphitheater. Their kids are even worser.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 9:44am.

I'm tired of seeing that ratty Pittsburgh Steelers blanket lying in the grass at Battery Way every year.

I might just call the cops and get permission to burn it on site as needed.

These people must be dealt with harshly!

Vote Republican

Submitted by sageadvice on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:18am.

The newspaper?

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 8:46am.

this year!
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Submitted by sageadvice on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:09am.

What I did last year was to put a large jar in my spot on the 2nd of July with a hot and hungry rattler in the jar with a little battery electrified fence around it.
Only trouble was, someone took a shot gun to it and left the broken glass, snake parts, and a holey blanket lying there.
I just cleaned it up and sat down there. That was my plan.

I just don't know how I would be able to go long without seeing the farcrackers go off. Aside from NASCAR wrecks and beer bottles flying, and six flags killins, I don't get much excitment except the farcrackers.

That is a good $30-40 thousand expendture, I think. I get my enjoys outn it. Does the town haf to pay fireman and cleaner uppers overtime fer all the mess?

I hat ethet ifn they do. I take most uf my tresh wif me.

This time, I'm just placin my blanket with big rocks on the corner and one of those battery operated wiggly thangs under hit. Shuld worke agin!
As to the parade, it don't make no never matter how fer you set youre chair outin the rode, some ididott will sot one down in front uf you and stand the whole time. They; send thar youngans out in trafic to git the candy too.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 2:52pm.

Peachtree City residents,.. non-city residents(free loading off of our tax dollar)........."honor system"??.......This perfect for late night TV.

How much did our illustrious mayor and city manager have to drink before this was put out??

Submitted by bladderq on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 11:47am.

I don't care but I don't think it is necessary to make stuff up.

Blankets anchored on the grass for hours can kill the grass underneath. Blankets anchored around City Hall Plaza can hit underground utility cables and cause outages or injuries.

The grass has more to fear from lack of rain & have thousands of feet trample it than being denied sunlight for a few hours. And, has there ever been a power outage from someone putting a tent stake in the ground? An injury?

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 2:17pm.

Those six foot steel stakes driven in at an angle have been lucky so far in not hitting a power line. Also, the steel reinforced blankets are hard to cut loose from such stakes, I tried.
There is a kit available on "Nasty, Ill-Mannered People" magazine
for just such a purpose.
The steel rods actually have hooks on the bottom end that can be expanded once driven into the ground, but can only be opened with a key. A bulldozer will not pull them out of the steel ring re-inforced corners.
An option is underground (under the blanket) batteries to shock hell out of anyone not knowing how to cut off the charge.
These are the same people who get stupidly drunk at the amphitheater and stand in front of your seat all night and pretend to dance in one square foot.

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Submitted by Basmati on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 10:30am.

You get up early on the Fourth of July, you take your golf cart to the parade, and after the parade is over you stake out a spot for the fireworks on the way home! It's tradition!

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 10:19am.

First come, first served---no reservations. Isn't that standard for a parade?
You can forget some of these Peachtree City ill-mannered, drunken folks abiding by such rules as a time-limit.
I suggest you pick up all such teritory markers at 3:00, for next day pickup at the police station.
Also, if unoccupied by more than one person, run em off.
You can't be nice to some of these people, which is obviously what PTC is trying to do. I've even got there first as close as should be allowed, and they setup in front of me, two rows deep, and stand up!

Submitted by IMNSHO on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 9:45am.

I just as soon see them go ahead and put the "No Save" rule in place. I have no faith in PTC residents that they will follow an honor system. Get some of the auxiliary police officers to enforce it.

Oh well. Let them try the honor system. I bet they'll take stronger measures next year.

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