Maggie Lane, who works for the town, discussed the palm tree sponsorship program at the Colonial Beach Town Council meeting. Twenty palm trees have been ordered for the 2020 season with four of them sponsored at this point. Trees cost $260 each. A plaque will be placed, with sponsors names on it, near the town pier.
Pete Fahrney spoke out against the palm trees during the public comment period saying, “I am vehemently against palm trees, this is not a palm tree climate. As a tax paying citizen, I think it is a waste of money.”
The palm trees brought in only survive one season due to the winter weather.
Fahrney called for the addition of more shade trees along the boardwalk as they are widely used by visitors to the town.
More news from Town Council meeting
The Colonial Beach Town Council congratulated the Colonial Beach Youth Athletic Association Cheerleaders for their undefeated competition season. The 8-12 year-old girls won all three events they competed in during the 2019-2020 season.
Competing in the Richmond Classic the girls took first place in the Traditional Recreation Youth 12 and under division as well as Grand Champions over all who competed. At Cheer for Charity in Baltimore the group won first in their division and Grand Champions.
During the Holiday Spectacular the team took first in their division and came in second among all teams.
Jen Grigsby, former CBHS principal, leads the cheerleading program. Brooke Payne and Madison Gorfida are the coaches for the girls. When Grigsby took over the program they were a sideline team but she has brought them to a high level competition team.
In other good news in Colonial Beach the town celebrated its 128th anniversary since incorporation on February 25, 1892. Mayor Eddie Blunt read the proclamation into the record.
An ordinance to allow Colonial Beach Police to enforce the rules in town parks was introduced. Currently there are no laws on the book to enforce the rules of the parks. With the new Torrey Smith Park being heavily used and a couple issues arising the council is pushing forward on this.
The ordinance calls for a Class One misdemeanor for those who violate the rules of the park.
Rules include things such as the parks closing at dusk, no bicycles allowed on the basketball or tennis courts, and litter laws. A public hearing will be held in March at the regular council meeting.