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Cape Girardeau city leaders propose municipal Christmas tree

Ward 4 Council Representative Loretta Schneider is proposing the Cape Girardeau plan an annual municipal Christmas tree lighting. Ward 4 Council Representative Loretta Schneider is proposing the Cape Girardeau plan an annual municipal Christmas tree lighting.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Monday marked 100 years since people in Cape Girardeau first asked the city council for a municipal Christmas tree.

Ward 4 council representative Loretta Schneider brought attention to the subject during the council's regular meeting on Monday.

Schneider said no one in the past had really taken the initiative to make it happen.

She said something to that magnitude takes a lot of planning.

However, that is why she is bringing it up now in hopes that the city may begin planning to have one next year.

"This could be the beginning of the way people should feel about Christmas," Schneider said. "I know we all get so busy but it just needs something really special and I think a Christmas tree that the whole community would cherish could be a great event."

Both residents and business owners agree, a big Christmas tree display would be a great addition to the city.

Tina Abbott, owner of Cup 'n Cork, said not only would it remind people of the reason for the season, but it could also boost sales in the downtown area.

"I think sometimes people, they're getting better, but sometimes people forget to shop downtown and the local stores," Abbott said. "They're all caught up in the big sales and the big box stores and that's great too but there are some unique items down here, some things you can't find out there, and of course local restaurants and coffee shops. So it would just be another draw, another reason for people to come downtown and to remember hey, we're downtown for Christmas."

Schneider said it is an event that is really a no brainer.

She said it is something people from Scott City to Fruitalnd could enjoy.

Schneider said she hopes to work with the Keep Cape Beautiful Commission, Parks and Recreation and Old Town Cape to get a plan in place for next year.

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