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Posted on: June 8, 2020

City Commission upholds decision to postpone Fireworks Over the Matanzas

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Phase 2 re-opening compliance and public health are priority


On Monday, June 8, the St. Augustine City Commission unanimously upheld its decision to postpone the annual fireworks display, Fireworks Over the Matanzas, to a date to be determined at a future commission meeting. This decision, in conformity with the Florida Governor’s directives and the cancellation of surrounding jurisdictions, was made with the health and safety of the public in mind.

City Manager John Regan provided a memo to the commission with an outline of updated information, such as the governor’s phasing policy of reopening, current health statistics, safety guidelines, and the most recent fireworks decisions of surrounding coastal jurisdictions.

Several individuals appeared in person in The Alcazar Room as well as called via telephone to offer public comment. In addition, public comments submitted via email were read into the public record by the city clerk.

“Fireworks Over the Matanzas attracts thousands of visitors every year and is valued by our local businesses, as well as our residents, “said St. Augustine Mayor Tracy Upchurch. “With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases reported in Florida in mind, and with a heavy heart, we simply must postpone this year’s event for the safety and health of our community.”

Questions may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Manager, at 904.825.1053. City Manager John Regan’s memo is available at www.CityStAug.com.

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