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04 Apr 2012

Suisun City Council Approves Fireworks Sales; Community Celebration Donations Needd

By Ian Thompson, DAILY REPUBLIC

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City joined Dixon and Rio Vista as places residents can buy Safe and Sane fireworks this summer.

The City Council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance Tuesday that OKs having three fireworks stands set up in different parts of town beginning June 28 to sell fireworks, with the profits split between the participating nonprofits and the city.

These sales are expected to raise more than $80,000 to help pay for city public events, specifically next year’s Fourth of July fireworks show on the waterfront.

The ordinance will become effective May 22.

The next step is to line up which local nonprofits will staff the three fireworks booths to sell fireworks this summer.

Another expected benefit of the sale of fireworks is the decrease in demand for illegal fireworks, according to the report written by Marketing Manager Scott Corey.

Anyone who violates the ordinance and uses illegal fireworks will now face a fine that could range from $500 to $1,500 depending on the number of offenses they committed.

The idea to sell fireworks came from the city’s ad hoc committee on public events, which was formed to find ways to fund the Fourth of July fireworks show that had its redevelopment funding cut out after the state eliminated redevelopment agencies Feb. 1.

It costs between $80,000 and $100,000 to put on the fireworks show.

Lori Wilson, co-chairwoman of the Suisun City Community Services Foundation, told the council it has embarked on a campaign to get 1,000 local residents to each pledge $25 by May 1 to raise $25,000 needed to help put on this summer’s fireworks festival.

The foundation has already collected $30,000 in pledges from local businesses and community groups. It is also organizing a series of fundraisers, the next one from 5 to 9 p.m. April 11 at Athenian Grill, with 20 percent of food and drink sales going to the foundation.

For more information about the foundation or to donate, go to http://www.suisunfoundation.org, email contact@suisunfoundation.org or call 722-7322.