Fairfield First Selectman Bill Gerber has called a public meeting to discuss SantaCon and its implications for the town of Fairfield on January 23 from 7-9 p.m. at Fairfield Warde High School.

Although the meeting has been planned to address SantaCon, it also comes shortly after the first major student gathering of the semester at Lantern Point, the traditional cold-weather Aspen Darty. Although many Stags gave great regard to bundling up to brave the harsh elements on Saturday, they did not give quite the same concern to the party’s environmental impact on the beach.

WHAT IS UP with this drink-and-drop behavior? The absence of ample garbage cans to collect the litter? The absence of a crew assigned to immediately pick up and remove trash?

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The Instagram account Fairfield HamletHub expressed its aggravation at the amount of litter left behind by students on Saturday in a Sunday morning post, featuring several images of the mess.

“WHAT IS UP with this drink-and-drop behavior? The absence of ample garbage cans to collect the litter? The absence of a crew assigned to immediately pick up and remove trash?”

According to the post, several non-student residents did their best to clean up after the party, albeit with limited success. Chief among the residents’ concerns is the lack of an immediate cleanup effort both after the Aspen Darty and last December’s SantaCon.

“We don’t want to hear about any promised crew coming to clean it up later in the morning,” the authors say. “The damage is done. Stuff has washed into the ocean or has been stamped on and frozen into the sand.”

The post goes on to encourage any and all “who have had enough of this” to make their voices heard at the Warde High School auditorium on Tuesday evening. 

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