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Council Gripes At Neighborly Free Flower Day

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The City Council that banned ice-cream trucks and fought a rear-guard action against balloon animals now is refusing to support free flowers and neighborliness.

The council voted Thursday not to proclaim Sept. 10 as Good Neighbor Day, a special day when florists would give out free flowers and ask people to pass them along.

Councilman Bob Friedland complained it amounted to an endorsement of FTD florists.

Council members usually make several proclamations of special days every week, celebrating everything from literacy to cancer research. They have even proclaimed a special day to honor the people who hand out parking tickets.

Good Neighbor Day was conceived by a florist in the United States. One day he found himself overstocked with roses, so he gave each customer a free dozen, on the condition they keep one and give away 11.

The idea has since been adopted by FTD Florists across North America and five shops in Victoria wanted to participate this year.

Miria Gordaneer, owner of the Daisy Chain Florists, said she plans to give out 2,400 free roses, with or without council’s endorsement.

In the past, the council has passed a bylaw banning ice-cream trucks from neighborhood streets and city officials have threatened to fine clowning buskers for handing out balloon animals to kids.

The council called off the dogs on the balloon animals but the bylaw remains on the books.

Acting Mayor Bea Holland said she understands council could look bad for voting against Good Neighbor Day.

But it’s not the first time council had looked bad, she said, “It’s happened before.”

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