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Circles restaurant on Apollo Beach to welcome 2016 with fireworks

For the third year in a row, Circles Waterfront Restaurant on Apollo Beach, will light up the New Year's Eve sky with a giant fireworks display.

"The show producer, Pyrotecnico, they do a bunch of shows all over Florida and keep tabs," Vic Granowicz, Circles Restaurant owner, said. "They said this show is again the largest in the state."

The display is the restaurant's way of saying thanks to its customers. Sponsorships make the event possible.

"Our running total this year is $33,250," Granowicz said. "That's $36.94 a second for the show."

Granowicz expects to ring in 2016 with a crowd so large that he enlisted the help of Dog House and More to help feed everyone.

The Ruskin restaurant will bring its smoker and barbecue cuisine to the celebration.

"We aren't making any money off of them, they're just helping us out," Granowicz said. "Our goal for the night is to just break even."

It will be about the same spectacle as past years. The new addition is the local radio station, WPHX-FM 101.9, which will be live-broadcasting the choreographed music that accompanies the fireworks.

That means anyone can tune in from wherever they're watching and don't have to be at Circles to get the full effect.

The fireworks coincide with the clock striking midnight, but the party, with free admission, starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.

Circles is at 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd. For more information, visit