Borough gets a bigger Christmas tree

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough is awaiting the 2020 Christmas tree that will help brighten up downtown this holiday season. The 18-foot tree, donated by an anonymous resident, is larger than its predecessors, Councilman Doug Vitale said. 

In previous years, the borough Christmas tree was placed at the intersection of Bay and Arnold avenues. However, because of the larger size of this year’s tree, officials are looking for a different location, in or near the downtown area.

“It should be delivered within the next week or so,” Mr. Vitale said. “Once we get the receipt of it through the tree company, we’re going to work with the Department of Public Works to figure out the best location in town.”

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Although the annual Chamber of Commerce tree-lighting event has been canceled due the COVID-19 pandemic, officials and business leaders hope the larger profile of this year’s tree will attract some holiday visits.

“We’re looking forward to getting the tree,” Mr. Vitale said. “The chamber is going to decorate it, so it will be a nice focal point and hopefully people could come out and take a look while they’re shopping.”

The councilman said state limits on gatherings during the pandemic have also forced the cancellation of an event he had planned — a winter wonderland event for families.

“Both the chamber and the borough are disappointed that we had to cancel, but better to be safe than sorry,” he said.

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