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Garden District Civic Association Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 6:30 PM, Location: Michael Meyers, 2335 Olive St.

Present: Michael Myers, Ted Magee, Kathryn Mount, Mike Schexnayder, John Williams, Mary and Willie Fontenot. 

Updates

  • Beautification + Operations – $1,200 has been spent on landscaping in the past twelve months. Babeth will talk with Jess Cole to see if she is still interested in doing it. Re: Water line at Terrace and S. Eugene: Mike will contact Carolyn Coleman to see if she can get a response from DPW’s arborist. Mary will try to contact James Avault, a DPW arborist, to see if he can help.
  • Financials: (Ted) The Champagne Stroll always pays for itself and costs the Association nothing. Security is the biggest expense ($9,540 in 2023). Security patrol was increased in November and December. The Crawfish Boil is the second biggest expense ($6,000). It drives up membership and enhances security as neighbors meet each other and have an opportunity to talk. We are in good financial shape.
  • Note from our Security Liaison: The majority of the vehicle thefts were accomplished by the use of vehicle keys retrieved from the burglarized vehicles.
  • Noise complaints: Justin will speak to Councilperson Coleman about several noise complaints regarding excessively loud music late into the night from Firehaus, the newer, rooftop bar on Government St. 
  • Signs: Hance has acquired real estate sign frames to use. John’s team is designing signs to be used throughout the year, designed as needed.
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2023 Holiday Decoration Contest Winners

In a festive display of holiday cheer, the neighborhood’s annual Christmas light contest culminated with six distinct winners, each celebrated for their unique approach to holiday decorations. A hay wagon full of judges, brimming with excitement, toured the neighborhood to evaluate the dazzling array of lights. The awards were as varied and creative as the displays themselves: the “Most Elegant” (pronounced with a charming French accent) highlighted refined sophistication, while “Conners’ Choice: Dynamic Duo” awarded to two neighboring homes that displayed exceptional collaboration in their festive decorations. The “Starry Night Award” went to a display reminiscent of a celestial wonder, and the “Most Minimalist” was given to a tastefully understated arrangement. The “Big Festive Balls” award recognized bold and eye-catching ornament-focused decorations, and finally, the “Most Spirited (In every way)” was awarded to a display that exuded a true sense of Christmas Spirit in every twinkling light and decoration. Each winner, in their own way, captured the essence of the holiday
spirit, making the neighborhood a little brighter and more joyful.

 

Most Elegant (but with a French accent)

 

Conners’ Choice: Dynamic Duo

 

Starry Night Award

 

Most Eclectic

Big Festive Balls

 

Most Spirited (In Every Way)

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Pop! Fizz! Strolls into 2023.

The Annual GDCA Champagne Stroll takes place on Sunday, October 22nd from 4:00 to 9:00pm. It’s a wonderful way to meet neighbors and showcase our fabulous neighborhood. Price is $40 for GDCA members and $50 for non members. We have four fabulous neighbors who have agreed to open their lovely homes to the strollers.

4:00pm to 4:45pm: Stroll starts at 1001 Camellia Avenue
5:00pm to 5:45pm 2130 Tulip Street
6:00pm to 6:45pm: 818 Park Boulevard
7:00 pm to 9:00pm: 1008 Camellia Boulevard

Beverages and food will be available at each house and live entertainment at the final home.

Tickets available to purchase HERE. Don’t miss out on the fun event!

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Claire PittmanPop! Fizz! Strolls into 2023.
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Mid City Redevelopment Alliance’s Mid City Neighborhood Challenge

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”

Every year, the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance’s Mid City Neighborhood Challenge offers $1,000 to neighborhood groups for resident-led projects focused on improving their own neighborhood. This year, the GDCA was awarded $1,000 this year to undertake a native tree planting effort throughout the neighborhood!

In the past several years, the Garden District lost many canopy trees due to ice, wind, and father time. Because trees provide numerous benefits such as reduced temperatures, stormwater management, improved air quality, and improved mental health, the GDCA, in partnership with Baton Rouge Green and the Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance, is undertaking a volunteer tree-planting project to fill in existing canopy gaps in our neighborhood. 

The GDCA will soon be soliciting homeowners who want a native tree planted in front of their house. If demand exceeds funding, the GDCA will prioritize locations based on the lack of existing tree canopy and spatial distribution throughout the neighborhood. The chosen homeowners will then consult with our resident landscape architects regarding tree type and location. The planting will take place this fall through a coordinated volunteer effort. 

Stay tuned for more info!

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Jacob LuneauMid City Redevelopment Alliance’s Mid City Neighborhood Challenge
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Photos: 2023 Easter Egg Hunt

Kids from around the neighborhood gathered earlier this April on a sunny Sunday afternoon to find over 700 Easter Eggs!

We give a special thanks to Kathryn Mount for organizing the event and to all our members whose dues make these events possible.

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Jacob LuneauPhotos: 2023 Easter Egg Hunt
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December/January Crime Update

Here’s the most recent update from Mike and our police officer that monitors the neighborhood, Corporal Seth Gauthier:

The Garden District experienced five significant security incidents in the month of December.

  • Vehicle Theft on Olive. The vehicle was left unsecured with the keys inside.
  • Burglary of a dwelling on Broussard. The homeowner was present at the time.
  • Burglary of a dwelling on Park. No other pertinent information is available.
  • Vehicle Burglary on Drehr. Vehicle was unsecured but nothing was taken.
  • Vehicle Burglary on Olive. Vehicle was unsecured and a pistol was taken.

There were multiple other false alarm calls along with suspicious incidents.

Of course, it goes without saying that valuables should not be left unsecured—especially firearms. Criminals love to “cruise” the neighborhood and pull on door handles in search of easy crimes of opportunity. If a purse or a firearm or some other valuable item is visible, they’re going to work a lot harder to steal it.

Also, report street light outages and other safety issues through the Red Stick Ready website or app. Stay safe! 

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Jacob LuneauDecember/January Crime Update
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2023 GDCA Annual Events

Get ready for 2023 around the Garden District. In line with our mission to build community, we have another exciting year of events planned for our friends and neighbors. We’ll kick off the year at our Annual Meeting in just a few weeks, and we’ll announce those details as soon as we finalize the date and location.

Check out the dates for the other upcoming events and mark your calendars.

GDCA Annual Public Meeting
Sunday, February 26th

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 2nd

Crawfish Boil
Sunday, April 30th

Fall Picnic
Sunday, October 1st

Champagne Stroll
Sunday, October 22nd

Christmas Light Contest Judging
Thursday, December 14th

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Jacob Luneau2023 GDCA Annual Events
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Live Oak Love in 2023

We’re looking for our next block to target for tree maintenance! The optimal block would have one or more households that care enough about this initiative that they’d be willing to donate funds for a couple of trees. At the end of 2022, we nearly had a successful fundraising campaign for a block in the GD, but we didn’t quite meet our goal. So we’ll keep trying! If you know of a block that might have this level of interest, please let us know!

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Pop! Fizz! GDCA Champagne Stroll 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us or hosted us during the 2022 Pop Fizz Champagne Stroll! It was a resounding success, and it looks like everyone had a great time! We’d like to extend a special thanks to our guide, Captain Day, who was our flight director throughout the evening! Check out the photos below from this year’s event, and please reach out if you’re interested in helping or hosting next year!

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AshleyPop! Fizz! GDCA Champagne Stroll 2022