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Fight for Frosty a success, Vernon inflatable keeps sidewalk space

Frosty the Snowman was evicted from a downtown Vernon sidewalk by City bylaw officers after residing in the same location in the lead up to Christmas for the past eight years.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Vernon Teach and Learn
December 14, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Frosty the Snowman is kind of a big deal this time of year and, in Vernon, a 12-foot-inflatable that bears the storybook character’s image is being treated as such.

“Frosty update!! Wow, we did not realize how much Frosty means to this community and this province,” Vernon Teach and Learn  owner Lynella Henke wrote om Facebook, updating followers on its status.

Frosty will be allowed to reappear sometime next week in the same place, with the same insurance the business has always had, tied to the same post.

From Dec. 31 on, however,  Frosty will require a permit for $150 to be placed there.

“Thank you to the City of Vernon for working with us and waiving that fee until Dec 31,” she wrote.

“Next year Frosty will have to start paying rent."

The roughly 12-foot tall inflatable snowman was attached to a lamp post outside the Teach and Learn store at Christmas for the last eight years, without problems. The store even has a clause in its $5-million insurance policy covering sidewalk attractions.

Henke said two bylaw officers arrived at the store Thursday and said Frosty had to go as he was too close to the parking meter. Henke said there was "a good 36 inches" between Frosty and the meter.

Different bylaw officers then told the toy store owner she needed a permit.

Calls to the City were made and messages left. Eventually, Henke was then told there was no permit available for Frosty and at the end of the day the cord was pulled, Frosty was deflated and brought inside.

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