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Rally and March in Support of Beach Flats Community Garden
Tuesday, February 9th
5 pm: Rally at Beach Flats Community Garden, Raymond Street, Santa Cruz, CA
6 - 6:30 pm: March to City Hall
For Immediate Release: February 9, 2016
Beach Flats Garden Supporters Plan Rally and March in Support of Creative Solution to Preserve 25 Years of Cultivation; Ask City to Continue Dialogue with Gardeners
Gardeners at the Beach Flats Community Garden and their supporters plan to rally and march to City Hall to ask that the City Council:
Take real steps towards negotiating for the acquisition of the garden, such as doing an appraisal and bringing in the Office of Economic Development.
Protect the whole garden by asking the Seaside Company to not damage anything in the 40% they want to take over while negotiations over the acquisition of the property are going on.
Refrain from taking legal action against the gardeners or punishing their activism by not giving them space in the garden they have worked so hard to preserve.
The City Council will deliberate the question of initiating legal action against the gardeners during the afternoon closed session today, February 9. The gardeners plan to deliver a letter to the City before the closed session, restating their desire to continue respectful conversation with the goal of finding a mutually acceptable path forward. The group also wants to make it clear that they do not intend to sue or otherwise take legal action against the City of Santa Cruz, but they do wish to continue gardening at the Beach Flats as the process moves forward. The English translation of the letter reads:
“We the beach flats gardeners are trying to come to agreement with the city and the Seaside company through respectful conversation, to protect the work we have done in the Beach Flats Community Garden over the past 25 years. We agree that we wish to protect 100% of the garden.
We have no intention of suing the city of Santa Cruz. We have heard that the city is considering legal action against us.”
A signed copy of the letter will be available later today.
VIDEO: Save the Beach Flats Community Garden
VIDEO: Beach Flats Community Garden march to Santa Cruz City Council