The Landmark Commission made a good call in letting sitting bears sit Monday, when it granted a sweets shop on The Strand a variance that allowed a beloved, furry fixture to return to its perch on a sidewalk bench.

Truffles — an overstuffed, oversized brown teddy bear — had been sitting on a bench outside Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 2225 Strand, since 1993.

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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Chuck DiFalco

"the city noted Truffles was violating a new ordinance that bans ... items that obscure architectural features"

"The unanimous decision [by the Landmark Commission] to return Truffles to his bench came down to the fact that he wasn’t obscuring any architectural features"

Those are two incompatible municipal government rulings. Good thing that common sense and the Landmark Commission won. A citizen run commission saved Truffles and Galveston from an em-bear-assing result.

Margaret Gardner

Anything less would have been un-bear-able, Chuck. Thanks for reading -- and writing.

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