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Georgetown Circle Will No Longer Host Nativity Scene Starting This Holiday Season

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- A new policy in Georgetown prohibits unattended displays including a nativity scene in the town circle. 

Each year, the town reviews its policies and codes. This year, the town issued a new policy regarding unattended structures, such as signs and items that are not watched by a person, are no longer allowed in the circle. 

The nativity scene has been put up by Georgetown Wesleyan Church and other organizations years past, but the creche won't make a return this year.  

Georgetown Town Manager Gene Dvornick explained how an unattended display could be a safety hazard, saying, "If the wind kicks up and there's not anyone there and stuff blows out to the traffic lane."

Attended displays, such as protestors holding signs, are allowed. 

Chardon LTD. Jewelers has been in the circle for over two decades. Owner Charlie Koskey thinks the nativity scene does not pose any safety concerns. 

"We have a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the center and our light poles all speak of the Christmas season and I think the nativity scene falls within that. I think it's important that these symbols represent the faiths of everyone that's celebrating this time of year," Koskey said. 

Anything in the circle must be approved by the town.

Organizations must fill out an application and applications shall be prioritized in the following order: town-sponsored events; other governmental or public health/safety related events; special events that are open to the public without charge; special events for which there is a charge.

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