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The Council, which is reviewing fireworks issues that have arisen over the years and last Fourth of July, in particular, were addressed with findings from a citizens group overseen by City Manager Ron Chandler:

The following is an agenda packet summary of the proposals pertaining to education, enforcement and alternatives in regard to illegal fireworks:

Education

  • Recommendation: develop an education campaign to reach residents and visitors
  • Message: The message will include identification of Illegal fireworks, strict enforcement, safety and reporting violations.
  • Method: Billboards, Postcards & Flyers, Public Service Video, Radio Broadcast, Social Media, Press Releases, Events.

Enforcement

  • Recommendation: Consider the following. Increase police presence
  • Citations not just confiscation
  • Fireworks hotlines
  • Online reporting of illegal fireworks
  • Alternatives to an officer being present

Alternatives

  • Recommendation: Consider alternatives to the City fireworks show.  Alternatives with Fireworks
  • Multiple, City sponsored fireworks shows throughout the City.
  • Alternatives – without Fireworks
  • Daytime Activities – Convert the City sponsored activities into daytime activities. Possible activities include concerts, picnics, historical dramas, etc.

Nighttime Activities – Possible activities include a laser light show, drones, projected light show, outdoor movies, etc.

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