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Following the City Commission’s May 11 decision to suspend the annual fireworks display, which was made based on inaccurate information, City Manager John Regan suggested convening a special City Commission meeting in late May to re-evaluate that decision with more up-to-date information. At that time, Fireworks by Santore, Inc., the city’s fireworks vendor, had requested a written commitment or cancellation for services by May 29, without penalty of a cancellation fee; therefore, a public meeting prior to that date would have satisfied that deadline.
With a long-standing working relationship between the City of St. Augustine and Fireworks by Santore, the deadline for a decision has been negotiated to extend until Monday, June 8, following the 10:00am scheduled City Commission meeting.
“By allowing the City Commission this additional time to reconsider their initial decision, we will have an opportunity to hear public comment, as well as obtain the most current update from the governor’s office and associated information of our neighboring coastal cities,” City Manager John Regan offered. “This decision takes into account more than simply the immediate concerns of COVID-19… things like social distancing and occupancy restrictions.” Regan continued, “the Commissioners must consider the health risks and implications to our community if our neighboring coastal cities and communities cancel or postpone their fireworks.”
At the June 8 meeting, which will be held via Communications Media Technology (CMT), general public comment on this topic will be heard regarding whether the City Commission should uphold or reverse its decision to cancel the 4th of July fireworks show. Those who wish to comment may appear in The Alcazar Room, which will have limited access due CDC guidelines, during the appropriate public comment time during the meeting. Individuals who wish to comment via telephone, utilizing CMT protocols, may call at the appropriate time as directed by the mayor, by dialing 904-293-4330, only during open public comment for this specific topic. Callers will be placed on hold and queued for each agenda item public comment period.
Members of the public wishing to provide public comment prior to the meeting may submit comments via email at CityClerk@CItyStAug.com. All comments must be received by 8:00 a.m., Monday, June 8. All public comment will be limited to three (3) minutes. The City Clerk will receive and preserve all written comment consistent with Florida Public Records law but will only read into the record the equivalent of three (3) minutes or 400 words. Details for the CMT meeting protocol is available here.
Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 904.825.1007 or via email at CityClerk@CityStAug.com.