Fireworks return in Tarpon
The boom will be back in Tarpon Springs this July 4.
City commissioners stamped their final approval on a $20,000 fireworks proposal Tuesday. Tarpon halted fireworks after 2008 over financial concerns, and Commissioner Townsend Tarapani proposed bringing them back now that the economy is rebounding.
"Fireworks on the 4th of July is an American tradition and symbolic of our nation's birthday," Tarapani said. "Twenty thousand is a small price to pay to honor the men and women who died defending the freedom of not only this community but the country as a whole."
The public can view the fireworks from Howard Park, and Sunset Beach will close at 1 p.m. to set up for the display. The boat launch will be closed all day, and signs will be posted on the beach informing the public of closure times.
Commissioner Jeff Larsen asked if it would be possible for Sunset Beach to be open later, but City Manager Mark LeCouris said safety concerns would prevent that.
Tarapani suggested directing Sunset Beach goers to Howard Park to enjoy the day and wait for the nighttime display. Pinellas County agreed to waive the parking fee for the beach access point at Howard Park.