Charles J. Quilter II
, center, the vice president of the non-profit Laguna Beach Patriots' Day Parade Association, Inc., talks to some of the parade committee members during the break on their meeting to decide how to handle the Minuteman Project case in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Monday night, Jan. 23, 2006.
...It's taken on a life of its own," said Charles J. Quilter II, association vice president and a retired Marine colonel.
The association, which isn't affiliated with the city, puts on the show each year for about $10,000, Quilter
Parade organizers say they just want the controversy to end so they can continue planning an annual treat, a parade where "half the town's in it and the other half's watching," Quilter
"These hateful calls and e-mails can really wear a person down," Quilter