East Bay Christmas light display dims amid traffic complaints – NBC Bay Area

A popular Christmas light display in Concord has gone off this holiday season following complaints about it, causing traffic jams in the neighborhood.

Over the past three years, a house in Terrapin Court has boasted an elaborate display of lights and figurines. But after a few neighbors complained about the traffic it was attracting, the city went unplugged.

“I am very disappointed,” said Eric Hakes, the man behind the screen. “I’m looking forward to it.”

At the height of the pandemic last year, its display became very popular, attracting a lot of people and traffic. This turned out to be too much for some people who live nearby.

“There are a few cranky neighbors who called town and canceled everything,” friend Michelle Gibbs said.

Earlier this year, the city of Concord sent a certified letter threatening to violate the code if Hakes reinstalled his display.

Traffic and the height of the signage were a safety concern, according to a city spokesperson.

The city’s community relations manager sent NBC Bay Area a statement saying, in part, that “this design of the pavement, combined with the number of visitors driving by the display, has created significant traffic jams, this which has led to numerous complaints with the city – mainly from neighbors who live on Terrapin Court or Torino Way. “

Hakes said he has spent over $ 100,000 on his decorations over the years. Since he was unable to build the display this year, he loaned some of his figurines to more than 30 neighbors so that they could carry on the tradition.

“I’m trying to set up a conversation with city council and the mayor to see what we can do to help this continue,” he said.

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